Under the Elms
THE OBERLIN CHOIR
The Oberlin College Choir, directed
by Robert Fountain, associate professor
of singing, gave its annual local concert
in Finney Chapel April 8 following a
triumphant concert tour of ten eastern
cities, including New York and Wash-
ington, D. C. New York critics were
unanimous in their praise of the choir’s
performance in a concert in Town Hall
on March 31, calling attention to the
"exceptional conducting of its director,”
the "delicate rhythmic control,” the
"fine grasp of a wide variety of styles,”
the "quality that a professional choir
might envy” and that was "a joy to
STUDENT PUBLISHES BOOK
Cynthia Bowles, a junior in the Col-
lege, is the author of a book recently
published by Harcourt-Brace & Com-
pany. At Home in India is Cynthia’s
personal reactions to her experiences in
New Delhi and a school at West Bengal
from October, 1951, to June, 1953,
while her father, Chester Bowles, was
ambassador to India.
With no intention at the time of
writing a book (she was fifteen years
old when her father received his ap-
pointment), she nevertheless kept a
full diary of the things that impressed
her day by day.
After her return to this country she
was urged by a friend of her father's
to put her reactions in the form a
book. Encouraged, also, by her father,
she set to work at once doing so. She
completed her task last October.
The book has been very favorably
reviewed by the press, critics calling
attention to her "remarkably clear-
eyed viewpoint," and commenting that
she writes "with clarity and an almost
A transfer from the University of
Chicago, Cynthia is majoring in soci-
ology. She hopes, eventually, to return
to India and engage in public health
Three seniors and one graduate of
Oberlin have received National Wood-
row Wilson Fellowships for advanced
study in 1956-57. They are Mary Ann
Singleton, Oberlin, Ohio; Owen P.
Thomas, Lakewood, Ohio; Paul Davis,
Chester, Pennsylvania; and Alan A.
Dore, Glendale, Missouri, who gradu-
ated in 1952.
Mary Ann, whose father is associate
professor of English at Oberlin, and
whose mother is editor of the Alumni
Magazine, will study English at North-
western University. She received
freshman and sophomore honors and
studied at St. Andrews in Scotland dur-
ing her junior year. She is a member
of Musical Union and the editorial
staff of the Yeoman, college literary
Owen Thomas, a former Seabee, will
do graduate work in English at the
University of California at Los Angeles.
Also on the editorial staff of the Yeo-
man, he is director of a creative writing
workshop sponsored by that publica-
tion and the author of several short
stories published in its pages.
Paul Davis, also an English major,
plants to study at the University of
Wisconsin. He is currently a member
of the Forum Board and the essay staff
of the Yeoman. He has acted in sev-
eral plays given by the Oberlin dramatic
Alan Dore plans to study history at
Columbia University. As an under-
graduate he was a member of the Col-
lege Choir, the Oberlin Orchestra, and
the symphony band.
Nominations for the fellowship are
made by the faculties of their under-
graduate colleges on the basis of candi-
dates’ "marked promise for the teaching
profession” and possession of the
"highest qualities of intellect, character
MONSANTO CHEMICAL GRANT
Oberlin is one of sixteen liberal arts
colleges to receive a cash grant of $1000
for the 1956-57 school year from Mon-
santo Chemical Company. It may be
used at the school’s discretion to fi-
nance research, purchase equipment, or
further any other scientific purpose.
In announcing the grant the company
indicated that it recognizes the im-
portance and desirability of a liberal
arts background for higher scientific
training and wishes to aid those liberal
arts colleges which are giving basic
preparation to their students for scien-
tific careers, primarily in chemistry or
June graduates heading for the New
York City area, or recent graduates now
living in the area, may be interested in
knowing about Intercollegiate Alumni,
a club for young college graduates.
Operating on a non-profit basis, its 350
members plan and carry out each
month a varied group of activities such
as hikes, dances, tours, discussion
groups. Headquarters are at 215 West
Oberlin’s final Military Ball, pre-
sented by the Air Force Reserve Of-
ficers Corps, was held on Saiturday
night, April 14, at Hales Gymnasium
to the music of Sauter-Finegan Orches-
tra. Guests arriving at the Ball walked
between the two lines of an Honor
Guard of ROTC members standing at
attention. Out of town guests of honor
included Maj. General and Mrs. Rus-
sell A. Ramsey, Rear Admiral and Mrs.
Frank A. Leamey, Brig. General and
Mrs. George Schmuker, Capt. (USN)
and Mrs. G. W. Clegg, Lt. Col. and Mrs.
R. W. Jacobi, Major and Mrs. Walter
Stuech, Lt. Commander Thomas Moore,
and Lieutenant (USN) and Mrs. Hall.
During the intermission Miss Toni
Browning, ’58, of Chicago, Illinois, was
presented as the Honorary Corps Com-
mander, chosen by cadets.
DANCING to the strains of Sauter-Finegan orchestra at the final Military Ball,
held at Hales Gymnasium on April 14.
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In This Issue
VOLUME 52 Member American Alumni Council NUMBER 6
Mercedes Holden Singleton, x’2 6,
Leslie H. Fishel, Jr., ’43, Executive Secretary
Lorraine Hoffman, Advertising & Circulation
Under the Elms
We Think . . .
H. A. Williams, Jr., ’41, M.C.
From the Rim of Asia
Jerome Davis, 13, LL.D., ’33
The Right to Ask
Paul F. Schmidt
Chloe Hamilton, ’48
Through the Years With O.D.A.
The Faculty and Staff
So Well Remembered
Nathaniel R. Howard, x’19
Wayne Foote, ’56
Oberlin in Sports
William I. Judson
Ten Thousand Strong
Dorothy M. Smith, ’29
Losses in the Oberlin Family
Cover Photograph by A. E.
The next issue of the Alumni Magazine will be published in July
We Think . . .
E THINK we would like to hear
some of your views on higher
education. Mind you, we have plenty
of our own, but we are impressed with
the small number of alumni outside of
Oberlin who have spoken or written to
us with conviction about the changing
nature of higher education — or its
failure to change. Why should you
express your own opinions? Simply
because your training was Oberlin and
because Oberlin College has taken and
should take a leading role in setting
standards in higher education.
The reply of a former college presi-
dent to the mother of a prospective
student, "Madam, we guarantee results
— or we return the boy,” says much to
an age desperately in need of techni-
cians and engineers. Can any institu-
tion guarantee the product or does it
want to? The days of rote learning
and courses in moral philosophy have
left us, but with what? The time has
come for us to record what we expect
a college to do with its material. High
enrollments, teacher scarcity, increased
student mobility, national and inter-
national insecurity add up to one big
question mark: how can colleges help?
Some say that training in business
leadership will do the trick. Others
feel that the skills of living and earning
a living are essential for college stu-
dents. Some universities have adopted
"general education” programs to per-
mit the integration of disciplines, the
exposure of students to many areas of
knowledge, and, consequently to force
the traditionalists to revaluate their
Where does Oberlin stand? Ober-
lin seems to us to be poised on the
brink (if we may use this term with-
out prejudice) of a series of substan-
tial studies of its own overall educa-
tional program and its relation to other
institutions across the nation. These
studies will take years. They are neces-
sary. They will be time-consuming.
They will be thorough. They will add
measurably to the policies and pro-
grams of higher education across the
country. What do you think?
L. H. F„ Jr.
O UR COVER shows a section of
the kindergarten in the new,
modern Eastwood School erected on
East College Street and dedicated, along
with the new dormitories and hospital
wing on April 14-15. The practice
teacher from the College conducting
the group under the guidance of Mrs.
Philip Thomas (Betty Glenn, ’36) is
Sylvia Sitterly, ’56.
W HAT DIRECTION should
United States policy take with
respect to foreign aid? Harrison R.
(Pete) Williams, '41, M.C., member of
the Foreign Relations Committee,
would answer: Establish a Develop-
ment Bank. For a discussion of this
proposal, please turn to page 4.
A RE THERE any areas in which the
final answer has been found?
that are sacred from inquiry? Paul
Schmidt, assistant professor of phi-
losophy, discusses those and related
questions in The Right to Ask. Please
turn to page 8.
T EROME DAVIS, 13, trustee of the
J College, has just returned from an
extended visit to Japan. For his inter-
esting observations From the Rim of
Asia, please turn to page 6.
IGNIFICANT ADDITIONS to the
Art Museum are five pieces of
modern sculpture by Rodin, Degas, and
others. They are pictured on page
12, along with comments by Miss
Chloe Hamilton, ’48, curator of the
( i T~'\ EDICATION DAYS,” April
1 14-15, brought Nathaniel R.
Howard, x’19, College trustee and edi-
tor of the Cleveland Neivs to the cam-
pus as principal speaker. For his nos-
talgic remarks and a view of the newest
buildings in Oberlin turn to page 16.
T O BRING yourself up-to-date with
the various activities that go on
month after month in the Alumni
Clubs throughout the nation please
turn to page 2 1 .
C ONTINUING THE publication
of the plays produced by the
Oberlin Dramatic Association in its
40 years of existence, we present, in
this issue, the Second Decade. Turn
to page 14.
We need a 1956 model in foreign aid
to stop the Communist advance
"It was at Oberlin that there dawned on me
. . . the first understanding
of the twentieth century tyrannies,
fascism and communism. . . ."
By Harrison A. Williams, Jr., ’41, M.C.
T HAVE CONSIDERED many subjects in determining
4 the topic for this article, but it seems to me that what
would be most interesting to readers of this magazine is
Oberlin's impact on my thinking and philosophy as they
apply to my job.
In the Congress, 1 am a member of the Committee on
Foreign Affairs, and I believe that Oberlin had a decisive
effect on my thinking regarding the position of our nation
in the world today.
The End of Isolationism
We all recall that before World War II the predominant
attitude in many circles was isolationist. Many people,
including some of our most influential leaders, looked up-
on the threat of totalitarian fascism in Europe and Asia as
being of no concern to us. The oceans were regarded as
impregnable barriers. The full implications of this cen-
tury's scientific revolution as it applied to the development
of military weapons, and the readjustment in our thinking
necessitated by the altered power balance in Europe, had
not reached many Americans. Pearl Harbor stunned us
into sudden realization of how drastically the situation had
changed, but much of the intellectual preparation that pre-
ceded Pearl Harbor could not have been possible without
such enlightened institutions as Oberlin.
It was at Oberlin that there dawned on me — and un-
doubtedly on many of my classmates — the first under-
standing of the twentieth-century tyrannies, fascism and
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communism. Our school began for us the vitally necessary
conditioning in facing the realities of the twentieth cen-
tury. And while the fascist threat has been subdued, the
even greater challenge posed by Communism is very much
with us. It is this challenge which I want to discuss. What
are our objectives in foreign policy today?
First Objective, Survival
The first, I think we all agree, is simply to survive, as a
nation and as individuals. Our survival today is imperiled
by the most virulent dictatorship in world history. The
communist leaders have enslaved approximately one-third
of the world's population and they control about the same
proportion of the land area. They maintain the largest
peacetime military machine ever assembled. They have
vast natural resources, some of which they are only begin-
ning to exploit. They have agents and followers in many
lands. Most dangerous of all perhaps — they have de-
veloped the techniques of non-military aggression to a fine
art. They not only threaten neighbors with military force
but they also take advantage of every weakness of free so-
ciety — economic depression, religious strife, racial hatred,
social upheaval; all those things provide opportunities for
the communists to take over countries from the inside.
They carry on a continuous, multi-pronged attack against
every area of the free world and have great confidence that
they will eventually be successful in dominating the entire
While the communists are far ahead of the United
States in population and territory, they are inferior to us
in many ways. For example, their industrial establishment
is no match for ours. The genius of our scientists and the
skill of our workers have given us considerable superiority
in modern technology. Our over-all economic system is
vastly superior. The advantage given us by our tremen-
dous treasure of natural resources is enhanced by the in-
spiration and courage we draw from the spiritual values
produced by an environment of freedom.
Still we cannot afford complacency about our position
in the world. If the communist empire goes on expanding,
many advantages that we now enjoy will rapidly melt away.
If the communists are permitted to seize and exploit the
farms, factories, mines, and most of all, the immeasurable
human skills of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America,
we would find ourselves behind the eight ball. If com-
munist expansion were permitted to continue unchecked,
the United States and the rest of the free world might
eventually be unable to resist. Communist expansion must
be stopped. That is implicit in our first objective.
Our second objective is equally important. We must
stop communism, if at all possible, without allowing our-
selves to become involved in an atomic war which might
devastate this country and the entire world. Enslavement
is one extreme to be avoided; the other is atomic suicide.
There are other important objectives of our foreign pol-
icy. We must protect the interests of American citizens
in all parts of the world. We must maintain sound and
profitable economic relations with other nations; without
such relations American industry and agriculture would
suffer seriously and American workers would be put out
of their jobs.
Finally, in considering our objectives, we must recognize
those which transcend personal interests. There is no rea-
son to apologize for our determination to protect our safety
and economic well-being. But we also know that Ameri-
cans are motivated by a rich tradition of idealism and hu-
We want to protect the values and principles of western
civilization. We want to see that all human beings have
a chance for a better life.
One of the most interesting things about our present
situation is that we are at a stage in history in which our
selfish interests and our moral principles are in funda-
mental harmony. Mankind is entering an era in which the
concept of the Golden Rule is no longer simply a moral
abstraction; it is a prerequisite for human survival. To be
successful, our foreign policy must carefully blend idealism
with self-interest. We must recognize the eternal truth of
the principle that we help ourselves by helping others.
The possession by the Soviets of nuclear weapons and
the ability to deliver them constitutes a serious threat to
the free world and to the United States itself. I firmly be-
lieve the only deterrent to such an attack is our mainte-
nance of a strong military force of atomic weapons and
the ability to deliver them to the Soviet heartland. But
we cannot over-emphasize that modern hydrogen weapons
are too terrible to be used casually. The Soviets and their
cohorts will undoubtedly continue to foment internal revo-
lution — as in Indo-China — and subversion aided by mili-
tary supplies from Russia or China. We must be prepared
to meet such moves; we must be prepared without involv-
ing ourselves either in the initiation of atomic holocaust —
which would be civilization's suicide — or in the other ex-
A Fight of Ideas
But in considering how we may meet these threats posed
by the Soviets, we must constantly keep before us the
knowledge that the fight with communism is primarily a
fight of ideas. Here we have the upper hand, though I
don't think we have been forceful enough in explaining
why we have the upper hand. We have not successfully
indicated to the world why we have the highest standard
of living on the face of the earth and why, while having it,
we have continued to be the citadel of liberty and the em-
bodiment of the possibility of the pursuit of happiness.
What we do to help other people achieve the revolu-
tionary promises contained in our Declaration of Inde-
pendence — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — is
important to our foreign policy. People who are starved,
diseased, jobless, homeless, people who have no oppor-
tunity for personal betterment — to these people the claim
that communism provides food, land and material improve-
ment is a siren call.
A Free Economy
I am convinced that lessons learned in our free com-
petitive system can work wonders in other parts of the
world. It has been suggested that past aid has been irri-
tating because it was a handout and because it went to the
already wealthy. Some of this criticism is justified. Our
foreign economic programs must be designed to create
vigorous, competitive industries and businesses, so that in
industries the capable and the alert can reach positions of
leadership. In addition, it must aim at helping the poor-
est, the most unfortunate to learn to help himself. Im-
proving sanitation and health, providing schools, educa-
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FOR MAY 1956
A Trustee Reports .
From the Rim of Asia
Jerome Davis, '13, LL.D., ’33
r HAVE JUST RETURNED from a four months trip in
I the Far East, where I visited Japan, the Philippines, and
Hong Kong. Everywhere I saw Oberlin graduates doing
important work. In Tokyo I met with Oberlin graduates
who included missionaries, business men, and Army chap-
lains, all helping to build a world of peace and security.
The situation of the Japanese is difficult. Because their
militarists provoked a war at Pearl Harbor, Japan was de-
feated and lost a lot of territory, including Korea and For-
mosa. Today the total area of the Japanese empire is nine
per cent smaller than the state of California. Yet jammed
within this areas is a population of 88,300,000, over half
that of the United States.
No sooner had I disembarked from the steamer than I
ran into a situation involving taxi drivers. I asked my
taxi driver how many hours a day he worked. He replied
that he worked 24 hours at a stretch and on national holi-
days, 48 hours. Before I got through with this investiga-
tion I had visited both the Taxi Drivers’ Union and the
owners of the taxi companies. I found that there was an
eight-hour law but that it was not being enforced. I dis-
covered, also, that 85 per cent of the motor accidents in
Tokyo involved taxis. As a result, I wrote letters to the
press and an article for the Japan Christian Quarterly
pointing out the dangers in the situation.
Japan is still recovering from the ravages of war. About
two million Japanese died as a result of the war, sixty per
cent of whom were civilians. A quarter of all dwelling
houses and shops were demolished or badly damaged by
bombs. Because many of the women work long hours un-
der unsanitary conditions and live in crowded congestion,
some 217,000 babies are stillborn. Extreme poverty has
led to some 650,000 cases of abortion each year.
Back in 1871 when my father landed in Japan, it was
death to be a Christian. His interpreter was imprisoned
because he translated some of Father’s tracts. Today Chris-
tians in Japan have complete freedom. Doshisha Univer-
sity, a Christian college which my father helped to start
with 18 students, has grown to an enrollment of 23,000.
Still Christianity is weak in Japan. Only one-half of one
per cent of the people are Christians, and these belong
largely to the intelligentsia and the middle class. Of the
farmers, who make up about half the Japanese population,
only two per cent are Christians. Of the laboring class
who make up 27 per cent of the population, only three
per cent are Christians. As a result, the trade unions and
most of the churches are separated by a big gulf. Only a
handful of all the churches in the Kyodan, which embraces
nearly all the major denominations in Japan, have an aver-
age attendance of 120 at their Sunday service.
Both Communism and Christianity are competing for
the loyalty of the Japanese people. My feeling was that
Communism was losing ground to Christianity. Never-
theless, Christianity’s greatest weakness in Japan is its
limited social concern. The emphasis of the Christian
Church in Japan has been theological. Of course, it spon-
sors social service work. Orphan asylums, kindergartens,
and schools abound. But most of the churches hesitate to
champion the cause of social justice. So far, they have not
moved to eliminate the causes of social evils.
The defeat of Japan and its unconditional surrender has
brought about many positive gains. The dictatorship of
the military clique was ended, and the myth of the divine
origin of the Emperor has been exploded forever. 1 he
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JEROME DAVIS, ’13, who was born in Japan of mission-
ary parents, is executive director of Promoting Enduring
Peace, Inc. For thirteen years he held the Stark Chair of
Practical Philanthropy at Yale, and has also taught at
Boston University, Dartmouth, Harvard, and Wisconsin.
A world observer, he returned in January from an ex-
tended tour of lecture and observation in Japan. His 18th
book, Religion in Action, is just off the press. He is a
trustee of Oberlin College.
schools and colleges have been given more freedom than
ever before. Women now have equality under the law;
there are more women in the Japanese Diet than there are
in our Congress.
Feudalism, while still strong, has been given a severe
jolt. The bonds of farm tenantry have been broken; two
million renters have become farm owners. The trade union
movement has become stronger. There is more political
freedom than in the past. More social legislation has be-
come law. Religious freedom is a reality; all religious
faiths have complete freedom to work.
The new Constitution, written largely by the American
occupation forces, renounces war and rearmament. It de-
clares: (Chapter II., Renunciation of War) "Aspiring sin-
cerely to an international peace based on justice and order,
the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign
right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means
of settling disputes.
"In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding para-
graph, land, sea and air forces, as well as other war poten-
tial, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency
of the state will not be recognized."
Today the United States is trying to change this consti-
tution, and the Japanese people do not want it changed.
Rearmament is unpopular. Japan believes that mili-
tarism does not pay, especially when you lose. When we
wrote disarmament into the Japanese Constitution many
Japanese came to believe that democracy meant a peaceful
and constitutional new order. Curiously, the democratic
and pro-American part of the Japanese population are the
very ones who are strongly against rearmament, and it is
the anti-American militarists and reactionary forces who
A number of minor irritations have disturbed the
Japanese people, and created some distrust of the United
States. One is the activities of the occupational forces.
A Japanese publication recently charged that American
soldiers in Japan spend two million dollars on prostitutes
a year. This figure is probably exaggerated, but it reflects
the attitude of the Japanese.
Confiscation of land by the United States occupation
forces is another sore point. In Okinawa the United States
military are now using 12.7 per cent of the island's total
area. And they want to requisition more territory up to
25.3 per cent of the entire land area. Fifty thousand na-
tive families have already been dispossessed. Darley
Downs, a missionary in Tokyo, and father of one of the
Oberlin-in-China student representatives in Japan, testified
before a Congressional Committee against the requisition-
ing of this land.
The United States also seized the finest park in all
Okinawa, a park overlooking the entire island, which had
been used by the inhabitants for generations, as a site for
a radio station to beam the Voice of America to Asia.
Today all the people are kept out of the park.
Also, the Japanese people are almost unanimous in
opposing United States atomic and hydrogen tests in the
Pacific. Innocent fishermen died as a result of the last
test, and now the United States has issued official warn-
ing that the zone to be cleared for the new tests must by
375,000 nautical square miles in the Pacific Ocean. I did
not talk with a single Japanese, from members of the Diet
to teachers in the University, who did not oppose this.
When I mentioned that Russia had made bomb tests in
Siberia the Japanese retorted, "Then why doesn't the
United States make her tests in Alaska?” They all seemed
to feel that explosions in the Pacific were in violation of
international law. The organizers of the World Confer-
ence against hydrogen bombs held in Hiroshima last Au-
gust included the ex-Prime Minister, Katayama; Dr.
Yamada, President of the Academy of Science; Mrs.
Uemura, President of the Japanese Y. W. C. A.; Professor
Yukawa, winner of the Nobel Prize in science, and many
others of equal standing. This shows indubitably the
wide-spread opposition towards this United States policy.
A Loss in Face
The result of all this is that the United States has been
losing face in Japan. Professor Edwin A. Reischauer, '31,
of Harvard University, who was born in Japan, declares of
United States policy in Asia, "Our net score in the field
of ideas is well below zero.” He says we present our case
in terms that seem good to Americans but that "seem
diabolically calculated to alienate Asians from our side. No
major nation in recent years,” he concludes, "has been less
successful than the United States in communicating infor-
mation or ideas to peoples beyond its borders.”
Totalitarianism vs. Democracy
A crucial issue in Japan is the choice the people will
make between totalitarianism and democracy. From my
observations I do not think that the Japanese will choose
Communism, but there is a danger, if we force through
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FOR MAY 1956
"The classroom ... is in the final analysis
a place of inquiry for teacher and student."
“There are no limits to inquiry
so long as we conform to the conditions. . .
By Paul F. Schmidt
The following is a senior chapel talk given April 19,
1956, by Paul F. Schmidt, assistant professor of Philosophy.
S ENIORS, INCUBATING SENIORS and old tough sen-
iors, I have been asked the following question: are
there any topics we cannot discuss, are there any claims we
cannot inquire into? Many persons would answer yes. I
think there are no limits on what we can inquire into, if
we want to, but there are some conditions on how we con-
duct our inquiry. Those who hold that there are some
topics not open to discussion often do so by confusing
how we conduct the inquiry with what is discussed. If
we can make clear the conditions relating to how we pro-
ceed we may hope that some persons will be won over to
our position of complete freedom of inquiry. Of course,
there will probably remain some who will never allow
such wide open discussion. Some things stand beyond
question or else life seems impossible to them. But I am
not concerned today with the many causes of dogmatism.
What we can hope to do is so dearly spell out the condi-
tions of inquiry that they will lose their fears and see the
fruitfulness to men and life of our attitude. 1 say attitude
because even though we may legislate in a democracy cer-
tain freedoms they can be put aside by men who wish to
practice a contrary attitude. We are all too familiar with
No Question Barred
What is the defense for the thesis 'no questions barred'?
Simply this, we have problems and we desire solutions.
To forbid certain questions may block the discovery of
solutions. But to allow questions for the sake of solutions
is not enough for this is compatible with two different
limitations on inquiry. First there are those who hold
that when a solution is discovered (or sometimes the solu-
tion) no further questions need be allowed. They know
and further question can only be sophistical and confus-
No Final Answers
Those who suppose that they possess the solution are
difficult to deal with. Even though we can present cogent
reasons against their position, these have little effect, tor
their state of mind is not determined by evidential con-
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siderations but by psychological or sociological factors. Our
theoretical rejoinder proceeds by constructing a situation
in which someone denies the solution they claim. To be
concrete, the usual methods employed by those who main-
tain they possess the answer are intuition, self-evidence,
revelation, authority, mystical insight, and the like. Our
criticism proceeds by asserting as the answer the contrary
intuition, revelation, and so on. We now have two claims,
each parading as the answer. One of them must be wrong
because they are contrary to one another and neither side
can dislodge the other. In this stalemate we no longer
have a solution to our question but two solutions, and
hence a new problem: who is on the right track? To de-
termine this we must pursue further questions to resolve
the stalemate. Hence any effort to stop inquiry by claim-
ing that the answer is known fails.
Our theoretical reply is supported by history. If we ex-
amine the history of science, of philosophy, and of religion,
we can collect a list of answers and contrary answers; and
I do not know of any single answer that has not been chal-
lenged by another thinker. So my theoretical case is no
misty abstraction. In the face of such opposite answers
the only course for a person seeking a solution by eviden-
tial considerations is further inquiry.
Let us now consider the case in which an answer to a
problem is in hand, but it is not claimed to be the answer.
Why must we allow further inquiry if we have a satisfac-
tory answer? First, for all the reasons we marshalled in
the previous case. In addition, because the admission that
our answer is not ultimate, leaves open the discovery of
more adequate answers and these will only be found by
The effort to limit inquiry by claims that the ultimate
answer is known belongs mainly to past ages. In our own
time a far more dangerous threat to inquiry comes from
the very progress of knowledge. This progress with its
highly technical and detailed content has brought about
specialization and professionalism. How many times have
you heard comments like these: 'It’s silly for you to raise
questions about that point; it’s a highly technical matter
and should be left to specialists; or don’t you think you’re
being presumptuous to question that theory when it’s dear-
ly outside your profession? You haven’t been trained in
that discipline. You should stick to your own field where
you know what’s going on.’ I want to emphasize that there
is some justification for these comments but there is a
far greater danger. The danger is that we limit who
should ask what questions; who should debate what is-
sues; who should provide reliable answers. I do not think
that people who make such comments intend to limit in-
quiry. In fact, they often intend to safeguard it by the
rigorous standards of the profession. That is why it is so
dangerous; it is unconscious and unrecognized. I catch
myself falling into this trap when I hear someone in an-
other field holding forth on what I consider a philosophi-
cal problem. Let me describe some cases. I am in a psy-
chology class and the discussion turns to the problem of
sense data and perception or to the logic of scientific
method. Or I hear some theologians arguing a metaphysi-
cal issue; or mathematicians on the nature of logical in-
ference; or sociologists on ethical values; or physicists on
the meaning of causality, and so on. Unconsciously my
suspicions rise. I think to myself, 'This is a very tricky
point; he doesn’t know half the necessary distinctions to
even state the problems, much less the graveyard of slip-
pery arguments and misleading solutions; why doesn't he
leave this question to philosophers'? Of course it may be
that these are not philosophical questions and I do worry
about this. But the point is that such suspicions and reflex
attitudes are a dangerous limit on inquiry because it is
just such new perspectives from other fields and novel ap-
proaches that may contribute the insight to further our
Anyone May Question
The recent death of Louis Bromfield, farmer and author,
is another case in point. Bromfield in a number of recent
books on agriculture has proposed theories on disease,
agronomy, and agricultural economics. Result: the medi-
cal profession suspects him as a quack; the agricultural col-
lege professors dump him in the cult of 'organic' farmers;
the Department of Agriculture in Washington 'pans’ him
for not knowing over-all statistics. What has Bromfield
done? As an independent thinker he has advanced solu-
tions in professions outside his own. Therefore we needn't
pay much attention. He has spoken whereof only the spe-
cialist should speak.
Have you ever heard someone remark, 'But that’s a mat-
ter for historians to decide; or theologians, or scientists’?
Beware, the effect of this, intended or not, is to close off
inquiry for some people. We see the danger clearly enough
when the deciding body is a dictator or astrologer, but we
are prone to it in our professions and specialization.
On the contrary we have already argued that no one can
tell what answers are certain or likely; and now we see
that no one can prescribe who is going to discover them.
All questions are legitimate and anyone is free to make
proposals. But this freedom, like all freedom, carries a
responsibility with respect to how the freedom of inquiry
is practiced. What are these conditions of inquiry?
The first is tolerance. Inquiry without limits involves
the presentation of alternative and often conflicting
theories. Tolerance is the condition that all theories re-
ceive an unbiased hearing; that each be considered as a
genuine possible solution; that we permit and encourage
the presentation of alternatives; and that we allow these
alternatives to be tested. Tolerance is not just a moral im-
perative 'you ought to be tolerant’ but an attitude; that is,
a general tendency of a person to act in a certain way.
This point is important because many people believe ’you
ought to be tolerant’ while in fact their action belies their
belief. Think of the person who asserts his belief in racial
tolerance, then finds himself personally involved in such
an issue and acts quite the contrary. His attitude is incon-
sistent with his belief. In my view, the more important
thing is his attitude: watch how he acts when the chips
Another way to bring out the need of tolerance takes
this course. We have shown that no answer can be de-
fended as the absolutely certain answer. Hence all our
answers are at best probable, albeit in some cases so highly
probable that we take them as if certain. If only prob-
able, then alternative answers must be tolerated in order
that a critical scrutiny can be carried on to find the more
reliable answer. The lack of certainty implies the need
for tolerance if knowledge is our goal. It is worth notice
that anyone who accepts the efficacy of scientific modes
of investigation is committed by the logic of these methods
to probable knowledge and tolerance. I mention this be-
cause some scientists outside their special disciplines do
not manifest a genuine experimental attitude. This dis-
tresses me for I think modern science, natural, social and
historical, is one of the distinctive features of our times.
Closely linked with tolerance is the second condition of
FOR MAY 1956
inquiry, testability. If the presentation of diverse answers
is not to issue in a chaos of claims each of which demands
our equal tolerance, then we must have some means of
testing among them. Continuing inquiry depends upon
the presence of methods of testing so that from among the
diversity a reliable answer can be selected. Tolerance with-
out testability would issue in a relativity of answers among
which no reasonable choice is possible and would foster
a skepticism in which one answer is literally as true or
good as any other. Without testability, the selection among
alternative answers turns upon irrational forces: on power;
on cunning; on authority; and on numbers. The world at
all times is full of examples of each. You select your fa-
vorites. Some people believe that some claims cannot be
tested. But they probably have in mind too narrow a view
of testing such as mathematical proof or laboratory ex-
perimentation. All we ask is for the presentation of the
relevant type of evidence which will vary with the subject
and problem. Testing is the critical analysis and evalua-
tion of such evidence by any interested person. If they
give no evidence for their claim, we need give none to re-
fute them. They create their own undoing.
In order for testability to be possible, the various claims
presented must satisfy a third condition: objectivity. A
claim is objective when its reference (what it talks about)
is open to public scrutiny by trained observers. Objectivity
makes it possible in principle for anyone to run the test for
or against some claim. Without objectivity, a person might
propound an answer which he says he has tested, but no
one else can test. Such private insights cannot be disproved
since no one else can test them. But they are worthless
as reliable knowledge for given a contrary private insight
inquiry is stopped dead in its track. Needless to say, such
private avenues to knowledge are a typical last resort of a
theory in a 'bad way.’ Keep a wary eye on the man who
says 'I have tested this in my own private experience, be-
lieve me,’ unless he is willing to spell out to you or anyone
else how the test can be repeated in your experience. De-
stroy objectivity and you murder testability; murder testa-
bility and tolerance produces chaos. You say you don’t
want chaos but you can’t stand all this objectivity and
testing. Well, then you have authoritarianism, subtle or
obnoxious, more or less.
The conditions mentioned so far relate to the process
of inquiry. We now shift our attention to some condi-
tions relevant to the people who carry on the search for
Our insistence on public testability for theories requires
that those who perform and report such tests do so with
thorough honesty. For to cheat in the process of experi-
mentation cuts out knowledge for you as well as others. It
is not enough that our claims be objective, for the fruits
of such objectivity can only enter the fund of communi-
cated human knowledge if each investigator reports just
what he finds. Honest inquiry by each observer leads to
trust in the reports of others.
Next, we notice that the presentation of many view-
points, only a few of which will pass the tests for reliable
knowledge, leads to the consequence that our own insights
are likely to be discarded, initially or in the course of time.
We must be ready to abandon in the face of evidence our
own pet theories. Humility is the readiness to sacrifice
your pet theory. I do not mean by humility some form of
self-abasement. No, it is, rather, the willingness to follow
the evidence wherever it leads. Such humility does not
preclude clear assertion and forceful argument, but when
the evidence is clear, we accept it.
Respect for Others
Finally, if other people are as likely as we are to dis-
cover a reliable answer, and if in the process of testing' we
have to trust the honesty of other observers, then we need
to have respect for other individuals as equal to us in the
process of inquiry. This completes our discussion of con-
ditions relevant to persons involved in inquiry: honesty,
trust, humility, and respect for others.
My argument is now complete. I claimed that every
topic is open to inquiry and discussion; that there are no
limits to inquiry so long as we conform to the conditions
of inquiry. The occasional disruptive consequences of free
inquiry in the history of man do not result from the fact
that some topics are not to be inquired into, but from the
violation of some condition of inquiry. For instance: in-
tolerance of persons or groups has led to death, persecu-
tion, segregation, and ostracism. Tolerance would take
the sting out of their revolutionary insights. Lack of ob-
jective testability encourages various power devices to back
up viewpoints. If a claim is objective and testable, then
we have civilized means to settle our differing insights.
Dishonesty destroys the kind of communication required
for testability and further breaks the trust in one another
that seems to be a basic need of men. Unwillingness to
follow the evidence wherever it leads, to admit that one is
wrong fosters arrogance and authoritarian activities to
cover the error. Suspect the scholar who will not answer
questions but lectures firmly to the end and marches off
without discussion. Of course, sometimes he has another
class. Disrespect of others casts doubt on their contribu-
tions to the market place of ideas and often leads to treat-
ing them as means for the realization of what someone
else thinks is true.
Let these conditions become genuine practice (tolerance,
testability, respect for persons, humility before evidence,
and honesty) and we can leave inquiry completely free for
I cannot see any undesirable consequences that might arise.
Those who can do not seek knowledge; the sooner we fer-
ret them out, the better off mankind will be.
The Function of Education
There is one concrete application of what I have been
saying that is especially relevant for us. In searching for
an adequate description of the nature and function of col-
leges and universities I have this answer: they are institu-
tions whose function is inquiry and their various structures
are alternative efforts to perform this function. The va-
rious components can be judged according to whether or
not and to what degree they promote inquiry. Teachers
promote inquiry by research, by discussion among them-
selves and with students in seminars and classrooms. The
teaching of students should be reconceived as a means for
student inquiry. The same measuring rod should be ap-
plied to students and teachers for there is no sharp divid-
ing line. Libraries and laboratories are means to inquiry
and judged accordingly. The classroom in all its great va-
riety of forms is in the final analysis a place of inquiry for
teacher and student. Anything else is a cheap fake and
you should demand your tuition back. Further conse-
quences are easily discovered.
By this standard, Oberlin rates well because you (I don t,
even know who) have forced me to give up some of my
pet theories and driven me on to find new solutions. In-
quiry is alive here.
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tional assistance, technical training and cultural opportuni-
ties all these, while they may not show immediate, star-
tling improvements, are of great long-range importance.
Programs like Point Four and developmental assistance,
which we have had for several years, are now growing a
bit tired. We don't need totally new concepts, but we do
need a 1956 model.
We must make clear to the world that we are prepared
to continue our help to those free countries ready to help
themselves for as long as is necessary for them to achieve
their goal of economic progress within the framework of
A Development Bank
I believe we should solicit from our European allies an
agreement that we will jointly offer the underdeveloped
areas of the world funds to create a development bank.
This bank would offer low-interest, long-term loans for
development projects. The offer should also include the
opportunity for underdeveloped areas to manage this bank
with the advice, if desired, of more technically advanced
western nations including ourselves. This plan would have
1 ) It would give the less developed areas the investment
capital necessary to move ahead in meeting people’s legiti-
mate "rising levels of expectation.” It would fill the need
for programs combatting illiteracy and disease and improv-
ing living conditions — programs which private invest-
ment groups cannot undertake but which are urgently
needed where communist aggression remains a dire pos-
2) It would give underdeveloped areas a stake in our
assistance, since they would be responsible for administer-
ing the fund and determining the most desirable and bene-
3) It would provide for a sharing with our western al-
lies of the cost of maintaining freedom.
4) It would not be a handout. Repayment of a loan by
one nation would make possible extension of a loan to an-
In my view, this proposal would provide a dramatic new
departure in the policy of the free nations to offset the
economic and political advances being made by the Soviets.
In addition, it would unequivocally demonstrate to the
great uncommitted areas of the world that we are with
them in the battle for freedom — to stay and to win.
Harrison A. (Pete) Williams, ’41, represents the 6th
Congressional District in New Jersey. The first Democrat
ever to be elected from this traditionally "solid” Republican
district, he went into office in 1953, filling out the imex-
pired term of Clifford P. Case. Pie was reelected last fall
with a tremendous plurality, a tribute to his personal popu-
larity. He recently joined with Phidias Pollis and Michael
Pappas of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in the formation of a law
partnership to be known as Pollis and Williams.
He and his wife, the former Nancy McGlone have four
children; Peter, Wendy, Jonathan, and Nina.
From the Rim of Asia
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rearmament, that the militarists and the economic royalists
may gain control and secure a dictatorship again in this
island empire. The Japanese people have, for genera-
tions, done reverence to an autocratic emperor. Even now
they have thought control laws on their statute books,
though these are not being enforced. Individual liberty
for all, with freedom of speech and freedom of assembly,
is a relatively new concept in Japan. Will America help
to perpetuate these new freedoms or will we become so ob-
sessed with rearming Japan that we will unconsciously aid
Even more important is the choice of the Japanese peo-
ple between Communism and Christianity. Communism
rejects spiritual values and places reliance on dialectical
materialism. Christianity believes in the supremacy of
the spiritual and moral law. Will the total weight of
American influence hurt or promote Christianity? Some
Japanese feel that American moving pictures shown in
Japan are so damaging to the cause of Christianity as to
more than offset the combined efforts of all the missionary
America has not been as understanding as she might
have been in the need of the Japanese for trade, fapan
has a yearly food shortage of 25 per cent. She must make
this up in trade, and a natural traffic is with Red China.
Yet the United States has not been sympathetic to trade
with Red China. When I was in Hong Kong I could not
even purchase a five-cent handkerchief if it was made in
China and take it back to the United States. The Japanese
feel our restrictions on their trade with China and our
tariff barriers are unrealistic in face of Japan’s desperate
Need for Help
In spite of the negative factors I believe that Japan will
choose democracy and Christianity if we in America do
all in our power to strengthen the Christian forces there.
I believe that we should send more technical help in this
field. Why can not the missionary movement send indus-
trialists, textile producers, hydraulic and electrical experts
as well as experts in the field of the cooperatives and
labor? Truly the fields are white unto the harvest in Japan
but the laborers are few. America has it in her power to
win all Japan for democracy if we do our part adequately.
There are no harder working people anywhere in the
world than the Japanese. They are conscientious, sincere
and generous to a fault. Let us be sure that all we do in
our American policy is in harmony with the teachings of
the Sermon on the Mount. This is the only road to the
winning of Japan.
FOR MAY 1956
By Chloe Hamilton, ’48
Curator, Allen Art Museum
PRODIGAL SON. Auguste Rodin, 1840-1917, French.
PHOTOS BY A. E. PRINCEHORN
New Additions to Art Museum
O NE OF THE MORE conspicuous
gaps in the collections of the
Allen Memorial Art Museum, that of
19th and 20th century sculpture, is
now on its way to being filled, thanks
to the generosity of R. T. Miller, Jr., ’91.
Five pieces of sculpture were recently
acquired from the liquidation sale at
the Curt Valentin Gallery in New
York with funds provided the col-
lege by Mr. Miller for purchase of
works of art. Of these five sculptures
four are in bronze: Auguste Rodin's
Prodigal Son, Dancer at Rest by Edgar
Degas, Portrait of Fernande by Picasso,
and Charles Despiau’s portrait bust,
The American Woman. The fifth,
Eve, by E. L. Kirchner is in wood.
Largest and earliest of the five, and
a fitting introduction to any collection
of modern sculpture, is the Prodigal
Son, 1889, by Rodin, the father of
modern sculpture. Rodin chose to
represent the prodigal at the moment
of his return, kneeling, with arms and
head uplifted in a suppliant pose. Five
casts in bronze were made. The Rodin
Museum in Paris, the Tate Gallery in
London, and the Palace of the Legion
of Honor in San Francisco each possess
In contrast to the smooth, undulating
surface and graceful attitude of the
Rodin, the painted wood figure of Eve,
carved by E. L. Kirchner in 1919, is
taut in pose and tense in mood. Move-
ment in the Kirchner, unlike the out-
ward-flowing rhythm of the Rodin, is
held in check, confined to the narrow
mass of the block. It is a piece which
seems to take up little space around
it. In its hunched pose and sharp
angular forms it typifies the spirit as
well as the technique of German Ex-
pressionist art of the early 20th cen-
The Degas Dancer at Rest, executed
between 1880 and 1895 (exact dates
of Degas' sculpture are rarely known)
is an intimate study in bronze of a
young ballerina, always a favorite
theme of the artist, hands on hips, ap
parently at a pause in her lesson. Very
few bronze sculptures exist in unique
casts. Oberlin’s Degas is one of twenty-
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L’AMERICAINE (MME. STONE). Charles Despiau, 1874-
FERNANDE. Pablo Picasso, 1881-, Spanish.
DANCER AT REST, HANDS ON
HIPS. Edgar Degas, 1834-1917,
EVE. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880-
1938, German. (Right).
two similar casts in bronze made from
Degas’ wax models by the founder
Hebrard in Paris in 1919-1921. Degas
himself never worked directly in bronze.
Although Oberlin College is fortu-
nate in owning two paintings and three
drawings by Piccasso, the bronze Por-
trait of Fernande of 1905 is the first
sculpture by this master to be acquired
by the museum. Fernande appears
often as a model in Picasso’s early
work. This portrait, like the drawing
in our collection, Woman with a Fan, of
approximately the same date has a
quality of solemn repose often found
in Picasso's work of the "Blue" and
"Rose” periods. On one side of the
face the features are sharply defined,
while on the other they are left incom-
plete, only roughly blocked out, antici-
pating the reduction of forms soon to
appear in his early cubist paintings.
Charles Despiau, one of France’s
foremost portrait sculptors during the
first three decades of this century, made
the bust of The American Woman ,
sometimes identified as Mine. Stone, in
1927. Like the Rodin it is one of five
casts. Two others are located in the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the
Los Angeles County Museum. The
Oberlin example is characteristic of
Despiau’s work in the calm, somewhat
withdrawn expression of the sitter, in
the delicate relationship of the parts
and the fine precision in the modelling.
FOR MAY 1956
1 HROUGH the YEARS with O. D. A.
The Second Decade
This is the second installment of
the history of plays produced by the
Oberlin Dramatic Association in its
40-year history. Productions of the
first decade appeared in the March
T HE second decade of its existence
saw the Oberlin Dramatic Associa-
tion firmly established as an integral
part of the Oberlin scene. It was also a
period of change. Professor Philip D.
Sherman, affectionately known as
"P. D.,” who had become the guiding
force of the organization and director
of all the productions, and was suc-
ceeded by Professor R. Archibald Jel-
liffe. Productions were still ham-
pered by the lack of an adequate stage,
with the players forced to use make-
shift arrangements in Sturges, Warner
Hall, and Finney Chapel.
I T WAS during this decade that the
first Shakespearean play was pre-
sented — As You Like It, the Com-
mencement play for 1926. One-act
plays continued in popularity, and
Shakespearean plays gradually estab-
lished themselves as favorite for Com-
mencement performance. This dec-
ade also saw the first appearance of
Professor J. Stanton (Stan) McLaugh-
lin as director. In 1929 he acted as
co-director with Professor Jelliffe of
Twelfth Night, the Commencement
play produced on June 13-14.
1924 - 1925
When Two’s Not Company (Mary
Louise MacMillan), Back of the Yards
(Kenneth Sawyer Goodman), Thurs-
day Evening (Christopher Morley),
April 18; Kindling (Charles Ken-
yon), June 10, 11.
1925 - 1926
The Goose Hangs High (Lewis
Beach), December 5; The House
(George Middleton), Wisdom Teeth
(Rachel Lyman Field), May 6; Cin-
derella Married, with the Faculty
Club, (’47 Workshop Repertory of
Harvard), May 11; As You Like It
(William Shakespeare), June 9, 10.
1926 - 1927
Expressing Willie (Rachel Croth-
ers), November 27; The Valiant
( Holworthy Hall and Robert Middle-
mass), Wrong Numbers (Essex
Dane), A Pot of Broth (William But-
ler Yeats), May 17; Nothing But the
Truth (James Montgomery), June 15,
1927 - 1928
Dear Brutas (James M. Barrie),
November 18, 19; The Knave of
Hearts (Louise Sanders), Rehearsal
(Christopher Morley), Shanghaied
(Thomas Conner), November 25; Six
Who Pass While the Lentils Boil
(Stuart Walker), Their Husbands
(Alice Gerstenberg) , The Old Lady
Shows Her Medals (James M. Barrie),
December 16; The Dark Lady of the
Sonnets (G. B. Shaw), Tea in Hades
(Thomas Conner), Poison, Passion
and Petrifaction (G. B. Shaw), Feb-
ruary 10, 17; The Importance of Be-
ing Earnest (Oscar Wilde), March 30,
31; lie (Eugene O'Neill), Pierrot in
Paris (Colin Campbell Clements),
l he Knife (Henry Arthur Jones),
Suppressed Desires (George Cram
Cook and Susan Glaspell); April 19,
20; The Admirable Crichton (James
M. Barrie), June 2.
1928 - 1929
The Ninth Tower (Thomas Con-
ner), November 30; The Long Voy-
age Home (Eugene O’Neill), The
Emeralds (Oscar W. Firkins), Decem-
ber 1; The Woman Hater (Gotthold
Lessing), February 4, 5; The Queen’s
Husband (Robert E. Sherwood), May
18; Twelfth Night (William Shakes-
peare), June 13, 14.
1929 - 1930
Thank You, Doctor (Gilbert Em-
ery), Jazz and Minuet (Ruth Giorl-
off), The Joiners (Arthur M. Hink-
ley), November 22, 23; The School
for Scandal (Richard Sheridan), De-
cember 13, 14; A Night Wind (Wit-
ter Binner), Where the Cross is Made
(Eugene O'Neill), The Boor (Anton
Chekhov), March 6, 8; Trifles (Susan
TWELFTH NIGHT — On May 26, 1929, the Commencement Play was produced at the Brookwalter Farm, Springfield,
Ohio. Members of the cast are (left to right): Alfred Hubbard, ’30, Ned Kenvvorthy, ’31 (order uncertain) Elizabetn
Curtiss, ’30, Stan McLaughlin, ’21, Alfred Churchill, ’30, Richard Malone, ’31, Frances Dean, ’30, Leontine Pimsner, at,
Carl Allensworth, ’30, Martha Bowditch, ’29, Elizabeth Mossman, '29, John Louis, ’29, Irene Harris, '29.
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Glaspell) , Rich Man, Poor Man (Ber-
tha Y. Burrill) , The Neighbors (Zona
Gale), April 11, 12; Aren’t We All?
(Frederick Lonsdale), May 3; A Mid-
summer Night’s Dream (William
Shakespeare), June 13, 14.
English I Required (Thomas Con-
ner), Shanghaied (Thomas Conner),
Tea in Hades (Thomas Conner), De-
cember 5, 6; Let Us Be Gay (Rachel
Crothers), March 27, 28; The Ivory
Door (A. A. Milne), May 8, 9; As
You Like It (William Shakespeare),
June 12, 13.
The Man in the Stalls (Alfred
Sutro), November 5; The Man in the
Stalls (Alfred Sutro), The Game of
Chess (Kenneth Sawyer Goodman),
November 20, 21; The Perfect Alibi
(A. A. Milne), January 15, 16; The
Cradle Song (Gregorio Martinez-
Sierra), April 22, 23; Love’s Labour’s
Lost (William Shakespeare), June 17,
Six Characters in Search of an Au-
thor (Luigi Pirandello), December 2,
3; The Light in the Dust (R. Archi-
bald Jelliffe), April 19-22; The Mol-
lusc (Hubert H. Davies), May 10-13;
The Tempest (William Shakespeare),
Berkeley Square (John Balderston),
January 19, 20; Electra (Sophocles),
April 27, 28; Joy (John Galsworthy),
June 15, 16.
The Faculty and
Blair Stewart, dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences, has been elected
chairman for 1956-57 of the commis-
sion on colleges and universities of the
North Central Association of Colleges
and Secondary Schools, one of the three
major commissions of the organization.
As chairman of this commission Dean
Stewart is also chairman of the Board
of Review which handles accreditation.
George A. Heise, assistant professor
of psychology, is resigning at the end
of the current year to accept a position
in the Department of Pharmacological
Research of Hoffman-La Roche, Inc.,
in Nutley, New Jersey. Professor
Heise will do research on the behavioral
effects of drugs. During the summer
he will teach and conduct research at
the Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
Professor J. Arthur Campbell, '38,
of the department of chemistry will be
absent on leave for the school year
1956-57. He will work with the Na-
tional Science Foundation as program
director for education in the sciences.
His headquarters will be in Washing-
ton, D. C. The Foundation is con-
cerned with finding and fostering
methods of insuring a continuing and
increasing supply of scientists in the
Charles P. Parkhurst, head of the de-
partment of fine arts and director of
the Allen Art Museum has been
awarded a Fulbright Grant for the
academic year 1956-57. He will con-
duct research in color at the Univer-
sity of Utrecht in The Netherlands.
During the summer of 1956 he will
travel with an art exhibition in Eu-
rope for the United States Department
of State. He served this spring on the
six-man advisory committee that
worked with the Brooklyn Museum in
setting up a fellowship program for
training future museum executives.
David Robertson, director of the
Conservatory, Miss Hilda Magdsick,
'30, and Wesley Smith, associate pro-
fessors of music education, George
Wain, professor of woodwind instru-
ments, and music education, Clifford
Cook, '30, assistant professor of stringed
instruments, and Paul Steg, assistant
to the director of the Conservatory
attended the Music Educators National
Convention in St. Louis, April 13-18.
Professor Wain was chairman of the
committee devoted to small ensemble
performance and was responsible for
the sectional meetings devoted to
strings, woodwinds, brasswinds, and
percussion. Professor Cook was chair-
man of the sectional meetings for
Accompanying the faculty members
were the Oberlin Orchestra and the
Woodwind Quintet. The Orchestra,
under the direction of David Robert-
son, gave two concerts, at a general ses-
sion of the Conference, and at a string
session. George Wain’s Woodwind
Quintet made two appearances, at the
combined North Central and Western
Conference dinner and for the wood-
wind sectional meeting. The Orches-
tra also played a concert for the Ober-
lin Alumni Club of St. Louis on Sunday,
April 15, at the Grace Methodist
Church, Robert McGill, ’43, organist
and choir master of the church making
Over 10,000 music educators from
the United States and seventeen foreign
countries were present at the Con-
Attending the national meetings of
the American Association of Health,
Physical Education, and Recreation in
Chicago in March were Lysle K. But-
ler, ’25, and Miss Betty McCue, heads
of the department of physical education
for men and women, and the following
staff members: Robert Kretchmar,
’40, Cliff Stevenson, Janet Wignall,
Betty M. Wagner, and Barbara Calmer.
Dr. J. Herbert Nichols, ’ll, emeritus
head of the department, was also pres-
ent. During the meetings an Oberlin
Luncheon was held at the Conrad-
Hilton Hotel, Convention headquar-
ters, on March 26, a get-together for
Oberlin graduates present at the Con-
vention. Some thirty-two alumni,
staff members, and students attended
the luncheon which proved to be a
great success. There was no formal
program, giving everyone an oppor-
tunity to visit at this get-together in the
midst of a very busy convention.
Professor emeritus Clarence H. Ham-
ilton will serve as visiting professor at
Wheaton College, Norton, Massachu-
setts, during the academic year 1956-57
teaching two full-year courses: "His-
tory of Religions” and "Philosophy
and Religion in Eastern Asia.”
Ben Lewis, chairman of the depart-
ment of economics, presented a paper
"The Economist in Government” at the
annual meeting of the Mid-West Eco-
nomics Association in Indianapolis on
April 20. On April 12-15 he served
as economic consultant to the National
Study Conference on the Church and
Economic Life called by the National
Council of Churches in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. Earlier in April he ad-
dressed a dinner meeting of the social
science section of the Ohio College
Association at Marion, Ohio, and
worked with the Business-Education
Program Committee of the Committee
for Economic Development in New
York City. During spring vacation he
visited a number of cities in Alabama,
interviewing businessmen and indus-
trialists in his capacity as consultant to
the Business-Education Committee of
the Committee for Economic Develop-
FOR MAY 1956
So Well Remembered
By Nathaniel R, Howard, x’19
pvEDICATION DAYS, April 14-15, saw College
and town join hands to celebrate the growth
and progress of the Oberlin community. The spe-
cific occasion was the completion of Barrows and
Dascomb Halls, new dormitories; an enlarged Al-
len Hospital; Eastwood School, new elementary
school building in the town; and the re-naming of
Men's Building as Wilder Hall, after its donor, re-
cently revealed as the late Herbert A. Wilder.
At a convocation in Hall Auditorium Nathaniel
Howard, editor of the Cleveland News and trustee
of the College, gave the dedication address, fol-
lowing remarks by the mayor of Oberlin, Andrew
Stofan, the principal of Eastwood School, Miss
Elizabeth Martin, and President William E. Steven-
son. A pageant, with Charley Leistner, assistant
professor of speech as narrator, dramatized va-
rious events in Oberlin's history. Hundreds of vis-
itors inspected the new buildings at the open
houses held on both days.
Dr. J. Herbert Nichols, '1 1, emeritus head of the
department of physical education for men and
chairman of the Allen Hospital Board, was chair-
man of the committee on arrangements and mas-
ter of ceremonies.
T HIS IS A FINE DAY for Oberlin,
this celebration of wonderful
modern buildings and facilities, and
of a handsome building whose donor
has been disclosed after more than 40
years of his gift’s usefulness. We cele-
brate the generosity of many persons
today, and we salute the great college
and its marvelous community for hav-
ing made such friends and supporters.
Today is a far different day in the
history of Oberlin, if perhaps equal in
warm-heartedness, from that day in the
very first year of the existence of the
college in the wilderness when the
very first benefactions came from the
outside world. We learn from Profes-
sor Fletcher’s history of the college that
in September, 1833, Oberlin received
from John Tolman of Enosburgh, Ver-
mont, $50 worth of leather goods —
"two sides of small upper leather, 10
pairs of thick Brogans, 5 pairs Women’s
Bootees, 2 pairs Calf Skin Boots” —
and the following spring received from
the estate of James K. Shipherd $62
worth of books, and from Harmon
Kingsbury of Cleveland 2 Axes, 1
horse lame in one foot, 1 Shovel. I
Pitchfolk, 1 Hoe, 1 Neck yoke for
wagon harness, 1 Joiners plane, 1
Water pail, 1 Half bushel, and 9 Other
Articles which may be of some value
to your establishment."
I expect the college in the wilderness
may have had a gathering something
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BARROWS HALL, housing 197 men,
has been occupied since March 10.
Located on Woodland Avenue, south
of Noah Hall, it is a three-story, red
brick structure built at a total cost of
$518,800. Special facilities include
ten study lounges, kitchenette, laun-
dry and pressing rooms with auto-
matic washer and dryer, built in
wardrobes and bookcases.
like this one to rejoice that the fame of
the new college had attracted friends
in the outside world. . . .
This is not only a fine day for Ober-
lin, but a great day for your speaker,
who is proud of the invitation to sound
the keynote at this all-Oberlin occasion.
You have before you a "town boy” who
was nurtured not merely by this college
but sheltered and taught and above all
encouraged by this community, the like
of which does not exist in many other
places in America. For all its nobility,
the college of Oberlin would be some-
thing more sterile without its town and
colony of Oberlin — - just as the town,
without its great college, would sink
back into the undistinguished and
much less intellectual average of mid-
western American towns.
T BEG A PERSONAL PRIVILEGE of
JL this assembly, that you let me show
you in however a rambling and senti-
mental way how a youth from this
town and this college can have for
nearly 40 years a constant and support-
ting pride that he came from here, that
this was his native heath. The account
is a modest story, but maybe it brings
to light for Oberlin people what is
distinctive, what is superior about this
native heath. My brother and I were
brought here as half-grown boys by our
mother, who found opportunity to
teach in Oberlin High School at a time
when both boys were preparing for col-
lege. She was allured by the reputa-
tion of both college and town for be-
ing Christian and God-fearing places,
but it was attractive to her not merely
on moral and spiritual grounds, but as a
community where informed and edu-
cated people lived and created an at-
mosphere of intellectual interest far
DASCOMB HALL, newest dormitory
for women, will house 190 women. It
has dining facilities for 400, adapta-
ble to cafeteria or family style meals.
Erected on the site of old Dascomb
Cottage on West College Street at an
over-all cost of $714,500, it will be
ready for occupancy some time this
spring. It has built-in wardrobes
and bookcases, kitchenettes on each
floor, three laundry and pressing
rooms equipped with washer and
dryer, two typing rooms.
A. E. Princehorn
OBERLIN’S best-kept secret for
nearly half a century was revealed
with the announcement that Herbert
A. Wilder, Boston business man and
philanthropist, was the anonymous
donor of the Men’s Building. At-
tracted by the academic standing of
the college, its conservative religious
teaching, and the personality and
leadership of Henry Churchill King,
then president, Herbert Wilder, quite
without soliciation, got in touch with
President King, offering financial aid.
His one condition was that his be-
quests remain anonymous. Over the
years those gifts totaled $370,000; cost
of the Men’s Building was $160,000.
In addition, at his death in 1923, it
was discovered that Oberlin College
was a participant in his residuary
estate. The amount of that final gift
is not yet known. Now that restric-
tions on anonymity have been re-
moved, the Men’s Building will here-
after bear the name Wilder Hall,
which name has already been carved
over the entrance of the building he
so generously donated.
A. E. Princehorn
FOR MAY 1956
above the run of the Ohio industrial
towns or the farm-supported county
seats. I remember that it seemed as
important to her that there was good
music here as that there were churches
and preachers of vital Protestant influ-
ence. After having lived in three cities
and two small towns, she was rewarded
here in Oberlin with a level of cam-
panionship of mind and intelligence
for which she, a truly intelligent wom-
an, had been searching all her adult
life. And whatever else I shall think
of Oberlin on my deathbed, it will re-
main the place where Mother, an im-
poverished widowed teacher, found her
happiest years. And why not? It was
not merely that the college stood to
offer poor boys the approximate equal
of any liberal arts instruction in the
land; it was that the whole community
was dedicated to the importance of
Christian cultural education, as con-
trasted to localities devoted to material
gain or to the fleshpots or to idle re-
sort recreation. And further that it was
a singular community, where nearly
every grown citizen, in an aura of
friendliness and respectability, was
willing to help stand guardian and pro-
tector to the age, size, and kind of boys
Mother had on her hands. What more
or what better could she have found
anywhere in the United States for a
person of her circumstances and mis-
sion in life?
T REMEMBER SO WELL, also, that
1. as an adolescent I marveled at times
at the friendliness of everyone in
Oberlin, before I came to college age.
The high school was a distinguished
one for its time, as new and ardent in
its teachers and teachings as it was then
old of building. Its pupils came by
preference from all over Lorain County,
and we looked down on all the larger
high schools hereabout as knowing
nothing of our superior teachers and
standards of lessons. There was never
a superintendent who was friendlier
and happier with all teachers and pupils
than Howard Rawdon, and even high
school students looked forward to a
pleasant, stimulating word from him,
for he always seemed so interested in
us. He always knew the score. But
he was no friendlier than the other
grownups about us, who never seemed
too busy to stop, talk, and inquire into
our juvenile affairs and give us that
marvelous feeling that the entire town
existed for our activities and our good
growth into manhood. My greatest
personal debt was to Carl and Bert
Kinney, whose patience with eager,
aggravating boys was very great. They
produced a lot of journalists in their
newspapering and printing years here
simply by adopting any boy who was
fond of type and the printed word,
and none of their boys every forgot
them. I know I learned patience, and
understanding with people as much
from Carl Kinney’s example as from
any one. But all the grown-ups of that
day were fond of the boys and girls in
Oberlin, and always found time to help
and to interest them. I and the others
owed many people for their attention
and good will to us — Frank Tobin,
A. G. Comings, Irving Channon, Ira
Porter, Miles Watson, C. R. Graham,
J T. Henderson and George Close,
Mort Houghton, August Straus and
Will Carruthers, Earl Morris, the White
Brothers, Phil Ohly, Wilbur Phillips,
A. M. Loveland, A. Z. Tillotson, Louis
Burgner, the Gibsons, Otis McKee,
Ernest Yocom, and the doctors of the
town, and the ministers of the town.
In little and big quiet ways, they did a
considerable lot of philanthropy for the
hard-pressed college students and some
of us town youngsters . . .
T HAVE MENTIONED NONE of
J. the college community of this day,
not because these were not equally gen-
erous and influential with us, but to
highlight my opinion that the towns-
people of Oberlin were then, as before,
as they must be now, an extraordinary
class of people in many ways more re-
fined and of greater virtues than the
same class in other similar towns. In
what other town would you have en-
countered a George Wood, who turned
his means, energies, and home over to
the program of teaching open air sport,
“MY greatest personal debt was to Carl [left, with granddaughter, Stephanie
Chase] and Bert Kinney, whose patience with eager, aggravating boys was
“WONDER what she was like?” Janet Bear, ’59 (left) and Sarah Dubsky, '58,
seem to be thinking as they contemplate the portrait of Oberlin’s first dean of
women as it hangs in the new dormitory named in her honor.
THE OBERLIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
team play, and good sportsmanship to
the small boys of Oberlin? One George
Wood would be worth a million dol-
lars to any American town and would
save twice that amount in protection
over the years against juvenile delin-
quency. What I am trying to say is that
it was not merely a sweet community
endowed to clean and wholesome liv-
ing, but a town which had unusual and
talented citizens who had turned away
from greater rewards and careers else-
where because they, too, liked this na-
tive heath and felt its individuality.
T HE COLLEGE WAS THE reason
for the town’s existence; and the
character of the college, in each differ-
ence in nature and function from other
colleges, was mostly the reason for the
town’s character. I must be one of
many who still believe devoutly in the
superiority of both rhe College and the
town because of these differences,
though, like all of us, both College and
town live in a very much changed
world today from the peaceful and less
realistic and less alarmed world of 1914
and 1915. To begin with, both College
and town are much bigger and more
handsome, with streamlined facilities
and modern services and comforts
which would have seemed very plush
to us in 1914 . . . No one then had a
conception of the kind of new public
school which we celebrate here today,
just as no college student then would
ever have expected to see the magnifi-
cent dormitories which today we cele-
brate ... In a day when the old Ober-
lin hotel was grandeur and comfort
enough, nobody, simply nobody, could
have envisioned the air-controlled and
streamlined inn which crowns the com-
munity to its great benefit. Parking
lots were unnecessary in 1916, many
present college courses of today were
beyond the imagination of then, and
a student could board as inexpensively
as $ 2.75 a week. An inflation of every
sort has overtaken Oberlin along with
the rest of the world within the 40
years of which I speak . . . We have had
an inflation of the imagination and its
powers, and a powerful trend away
from what surely every one in Ober-
lin regarded 40 years ago as a safe
status quo of eternal truths.
T O TELL THE TRUTH, we of our
generation have had far more
stretching of our realizations and far
more revising of what we believed
would never much change than either
the generations of our fathers or our
grandfathers. It was not that we did
not expect Oberlin continually to
change for the better — we did not
understand that the changes would be
faster and more radical. It wasn’t that
we pinned our faiths in college and
community to moral and spiritual pref-
erences that have changed, for these do
not in our society and our religion; but
it has been the case that we may have
been slow to comprehend that moral
principles may show up in more ways
and more uniforms than we ever sus-
pected they might . . .
W E WERE NOT ALONE, 40
years ago, among loyal Ameri-
can citizens who expected the best of
American civilization and estimated the
future in too little an estimate. It is
almost as if we did not know how great
our College and town were bound to
become. Ours was the mistake of not
thinking in large enough terms. The
eminence of Oberlin College 40 years
ago was marked among the colleges of
the land; the eminence of Oberlin to-
day is vastly more impressive and the
Oberlin community can afford to live
up to this eminence in higher and faster
values and pride because, praise God,
the old principles of Christian education
and the necessity for God-fearing re-
spect for good against evil are just as
clear in Oberlin's charter today, and
are far more impelling to rhe world
in which we live.
W HEN THE COLLEGE developed
Allen Memorial Hospital, it
was again a locally extraordinary thing
because so few towns this size had any
hospital at all . . . But does the town
fully realize that in today’s world of
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“ONE George Wood would be worth a million dollars to any American town
and would save twice that amount in protection over the years in juvenile
delinquency.” The boy is Ted Princehorn.
ADMIRING the plaque honoring John Henry Barrows, fifth president of Ober-
lin, is his grandson John Barrows Irwin and his wife. Mr. Irwin is professor
of astronomy at the University of Indiana.
for may 1956
Around and About the Campus
with Wayne FOOTE, ’56
L AST WEEK was a weekend for
dedications, with four new struc-
tures for the town and college com-
pleted, and a freshly chiseled frontis-
piece for the former Men’s Building.
This weekend I ventured out to see
what had been going on.
In a glassed-in office at one end of
the kitchen of the new women’s dormi-
tory I found Mr. Harry Anderson, vice-
president of Saga Food Service, which
is now operating the huge dining hall
and will be serving the whole campus
"This is the most modern and best
equipped kitchen of all the nine college
dining systems we are operating," he
said, showing me some of the new
apparatus which was being cleaned up
for the opening meal. "Perhaps now
we can treat the students to a little more
He showed me a twenty-foot auto-
matic dishwashing machine which
passes trays of dishes through two
washing sections and a rinsing com-
partment out onto a long drying rack.
The last rinse contains a wetting agent,
he explained, which makes the water
drain off quickly without leaving
streaks or drops on the glasses or sil-
There are walk-in coolers for milk,
meat, vegetables and frozen foods, rows
of stack ovens, roasting ovens, and
stoves. There are also a couple of
mammoth double boilers which look
like kettles, with their lower parts in-
cased in a steam jacket. One of them
has a lip on one edge, and can be tilted
by turning a wheel. The other "steam
kettle” is emptied by a spigot at the
On the side of the kitchen nearest
the dining hall are two long cafeteria
counters capable of handling over a
thousand students an hour. This sec-
tion is equipped with warmers for hot
plates, pass-through refrigerators, ro-
tary toasters, two 40-gallon milk dis-
pensers, and an ice-cube machine.
I ventured into the dining hall. The
yellow-green walls are broken only by
the folded dark-green partitions which
can divide the hall into three large
dining rooms and a smaller one. As I
looked at the rows of shiny, light-
topped round tables with matching,
functional chairs, I wondered whether
the presence of 300 active, hungry
people would enliven its sterile appear-
"It may take a little time for stu-
dents who have been eating in the
smaller, older dining halls to get used
to the new set-up," said Mr. Anderson.
"We consider it part of our job to
help them get to like it.”
I wondered whether I would want to
learn to live this way.
A FTER OUR introduction to a
modern kitchen I decided to pay
a visit to Mrs. Carrie Smith, former
cook and head cook at the Oberlin Inn
for seventeen years, and a cook for the
College for another seven. I had
known her as the plump, smiling cook
at Grey Gables, Co-op, before she had
been forced to retire last year because
of a heart attack.
When she came to the door 1 didn’t
"I lost over a hundred pounds while
I was sick," she said.
I told her about the Dascomb kitch-
en. "I’m afraid I’m getting too old to
learn all over again,” she said. "The
kitchens I've always worked in have
been old-fashioned, and I’ve usually
had to improvise with what was at
hand. I’d be lost in the new kitchen."
Mrs. Carrie Warner Smith has lived
in Oberlin since she was twenty, cook-
ing for Oberlin people in one way or
another. Her father was a slave who
escaped and ran away to live with the
Indians when he was a boy. He be-
came a blacksmith for the Union cav-
alry stationed at the Mennonite Chey-
enne Mission in Cantonment, Okla-
homa. Carrie's mother was a pure-
bred Arapahoe. Her father died when
she was 18 months.
Although many of the missionaries
would have liked her to go to North-
field, Carrie decided her best choice
was to attend a Negro college, and so
she went to Hampton for four years.
As many of the missionaries of her
acquaintance had lived in Oberlin,
Carrie eventually came here. She
started off doing party work for people
in the town. Then she started cooking
at the Oberlin Inn, and soon became
head cook, working under the Rawdons
and later under Mrs. Ruggles. She was
afterward, made head cook at French
House and stayed through three direc-
torships. Later, she became cook for
Grey Gables, serving as first cook, with
the students themselves as her assis-
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LOS ANGELES — A real Southern
California Chamber of Commerce day
added to the unique San Fernando
Valley ranch home of Edward Everett
Horton, x'07, as the setting for a sig-
nificant annual meeting Sunday after-
noon, February 26, of the Oberlin As-
sociation of Los Angeles. Over 200
alumni and guests attended to make
it the largest gathering of Oberlin
folks in the thirty year tradition of
the Los Angeles Washington's Birth-
day "big” meeting. As usual, the
group included many members from
the outlying centers of the California
Southland, proving once again that
Alma Mater leaves a happy impression
that her sons and daughters like to
recall. . . .
The event provided ample time for
members to meet old friends, make
new friends, and to enjoy several pro-
Most reminiscent of college days
was the showing of a recent set of
beautiful transparencies produced by
college photographer A. E. (Pinky)
Princehorn, projected by Kay McCol-
lough Grant, '32, with commentary by
Fritz Harshbarger, '52, who added a
fourth dimension to each picture by
means of clever and personal remarks
directed to the point of view of one
who might anticipate enrolling at
Vernon Robinson, '25, had plenty
of cooperation in leading a song ses-
sion which included the old favorites
Ten Thousand Strong, Alma Mater,
Strolling, and Oberlin My Oberlin.
Ruth Mount, T4, headed a committee
assisting the hostess, Hannabelle Hor-
ton Grant, T3, in greeting and intro-
ducing members. Feme Tudehope’s,
'17, committee served a delicious tea
in a most charming fashion.
. . . An account of the recent Los
Angeles Annual Meeting would not
be complete without special mention
of the hospitality of the Horton fam-
ily who have opened their home on
many occasions for similar events. In
fact, a heading in one of the spring
issues of the Oberlin Alumni Maga-
zine of 1930 uses these same words:
"Enjoy Horton Hospitality." The
article continues ". . . 125 loyal Ober-
linites gathered there for a one o’clock
pot luck luncheon which pierced the
gloom of a rainy day. . . . Mrs. E. E.
Horton, an Oberlin mother indeed,
told of the days when she first moved
to Oberlin, with the primary thought
of giving her children the best avail-
able environment and opportunities
for educational and musical advan-
tages. . . On that Washington's
Birthday meeting Mrs. Horton was
then 80 years old and the mother of
four illustrious Oberlin graduates. On
this 1956 counterpart she was 96, and
as charming as ever. The Association
presented her with a corsage as a
small token of her enduring and de-
voted interest in Oberlin.
New officers of the Club are:
President: Laurence N. White, "33;
Vice-President: Mrs. Harry Fong
( Emilie Chan, x’46 ) ; Secretary: Mrs.
Donald A. Nielsen (Kathryn Robin-
son, "39); Treasurer: Gordon B. Mc-
An interim committee functioning
since the first of the year was com-
posed of Ruth Mount, "14, Mrs. Wil-
liam C. Biel ("Bitty” von Wenck,
’30), Laurence White, "33, and Gor-
don McRae, "31. Dr. William Biel,
'31, was chairman of the nominating
committee. Retiring officers included
Robert A. Keller, "36, Mrs. J. Holmes
Ford ( Louise Arnold, ’23), Alex Dick,
"05, and Albert J. "Bud” Hicks, ’39.
Lawrence N. White, "33
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego-Ober-
lin Club met on February 8, at 6:30
in the lounge of the House of Hospi-
tality, Balboa Park. Of the thirty-two
persons present, twenty-four were
alumni and eight were guests.
As a highlight of the evening
Francis Kellog, "04, showed slides of
Oberlin and the 1954 Commencement.
Mr. Kellog’s pictures were taken when
Oberlin was green and lovely. To
Californians the greenness of Oberlin
in June is especially impressive. We
have color here most of the year, but
we forget how beautiful the elms are.
Another highlight was a tape re-
cording by Leslie H. Fishel, Jr., "43,
Executive Secretary of the Alumni As-
sociation. After the dinner and pro-
gram, Florence Otis, "09, played Ober-
lin songs on the piano and everyone
joined in the singing.
Jean Filkins, "38
ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis-Oberlin
Club met for dinner at the Grace
Methodist Church on January 10.
Thirty-five members were present, in-
cluding President William E. Steven-
son and Dean Blair Stewart.
Harry Zekind, "26, president of the
Club, presided over the party, which
was a lot of fun. He awarded, for
meritorious service "honorary degrees'"
and citations to various officers of the
local club, to President Stevenson,
Dean Stewart, and to Alumni Secre-
tary Leslie H. Fishel (in absentia).
After the awarding of these "hon-
orary degrees” Dean Stewart spoke
and then President Stevenson talked
informally about Oberlin — about the
building program, various grants,
scholarship funds and awards given to
Oberlin. He also spoke about the
present activities of the school and its
Cynthia L. Dean, "45
ROCHESTER — The Rochester-Ober-
lin Club held a most successful Christ-
mas party on December 29. Approxi-
mately sixty people were present in-
cluding several of the present students
and around ten prospective students
from the Rochester area.
WILMINGTON — The Wilmington-
Oberlin Club met November 2, 1955,
at the home of H. Wade Rinehart,
"19. Twenty-two people including
Richard Seaman, "55, assistant director
of Admissions and Paul Douglas, Di-
rector of Public Relations were pres-
President Don Niederhauser, "40,
gave an interesting report of his visit
to the Club President’s Council at
Homecoming. Richard (Bunky)
Seaman gave an up-to-the-minute re-
port of the progress of the Develop-
ment Fund, and Paul Douglas dis-
cussed campus life.
On Tuesday evening, March 27th,
the College Choir presented a concert
at the Cathedral Church of St. John,
as part of their spring tour in the east.
The Oberlin Club of Delaware was
proud to co-sponsor this event, and
we were more than gratified to hear
the precision and musicianship of the
choir on such a professional level.
This being the first time that Wil-
mington has been included in the itin-
erary of the choir, and with the com-
petition of many local concerts sched-
uled during the same week, we were
happy to have the church filled to
capacity, not only with Oberlin alumni
but with many people from the music
field in this area.
I think that this is a tribute to the
excellent reputation of Mr. Robert
Fountain and the Oberlin Choir. After
hearing their marvelous program and
the subsequent expressions of hope that
they would return in the future from
many of those in attendance, I am
sure that Oberlin could not have sent
better musical ambassadors to Wil-
Nancy Lee Rice, '53
CHICAGO, WOMEN — A section of
the Chicago-Oberlin Club (La Grange,
Hinsdale, Wheaton, Western Springs)
FOR MAY 1956
OBERLIN MEN’S CLUB of Cleveland at the Mid-Day Club, February 22. The
newly formed club had one hundred and thirty in attendance to hear talks by
President William E. Stevenson and Walter K. Bailey, T9, president of Warner
& Swasey Co. Toastmaster was Sparky DiBiasio, ’40, assistant principal of
Euclid High School, Cleveland.
met at the home of Mrs. Helen Har-
mon, mother of Barbara Harmon, ’56,
on Friday evening, February 17. Be-
cause of a bad blizzardy night only
fourteen were able to attend.
After delicious refreshments the
group enjoyed colored slides of
Oberlin Today. Very generous con-
tributions for the Scholarship Fund
were received which will be added to
those of the Oak Park and River For-
est groups, all part of the Oberlin
Women's Club of Chicago.
Alice Ward, ’15
CHICAGO, NORTH SHORE — A
one o'clock luncheon meeting was
held February 23 at the home of Mrs.
Philip Gott. The three co-hostesses
were Mrs. A. H. Prasse (Fannie Dit-
trick, T9), Mrs. M. N. McKinney
(Katherine Hughs, ’34), and Miss
Ethel Cain, x'll.
Colored slides were shown of the
George Bents’, '20 (Eleanor Hopkins,
'22 ) four months European trip this
past summer. The photographs were
excellent, and Eleanor gave a most in-
teresting account of their experience
in taking them.
Alice Anderson Galloway, T6
On March 3, some thirty members
of the Oberlin Women's Club of Chi-
cago, representing classes from the ’90’s
on down into the '50’s, met for luncheon
in the Club Room of the Art Institute.
Of great interest and importance to
all was the progress report on raising
funds for 1956 scholarship aid through
benefit parties or teas in homes of mem-
bers. Two such parties have been held.
The first was at the home of Geraldine
Schloerb Meyer, '42, in River Forest
on January 12 th. The second was at
Mrs. Helen B. Marman’s in Western
Springs on February 17th. Both were
highly successful in purpose and most
enjoyable. If possible more neighbor-
hood meetings of this sort will be
planned in Chicago and other suburbs.
A business session and a conducted
tour of the Old Masters, completed the
program for the day.
Elizabeth A. Hughes, TO
CLEVELAND, WOMEN — The
Cleveland-Oberlin Club began their
Garret Shop Week sales February 20,
under the direction of Mrs. J. Melvin
Young (Bernice Harte, ’35). Mem-
bers who volunteered use of their
homes as collection centers include
Mrs. Harry M. Will (Helen Thomp-
son, ’22), Mrs. Philip Worcester
(Virginia Brooks, ’44) and Mrs. Mel-
vin Young for the East Side, and Mrs.
E. M. Shelton (Carolyn Klinfelter,
'18 ) Mrs. Jack Boughton (Elizabeth
Walser, ’39), for the West Side. Over
1400 was realized for the Scholarship
Hostesses for a buffet supper on
Wednesday evening, February 29,
were Mrs. Sherman Dye (Jean For-
sythe, ’38) East Side, and Mrs. Rich-
ard J. Davis (Marion Sprague, ’39)
Entertainment for the evening at
both gatherings was a resume of past
Mock Conventions and a preview of
the one coming up by four college
students. Van Beck Hall, ’56 and
Joan Nelson, '56, met with the East
Side group and Mr. and Mrs. John
Lawrence, ’56 ( Elinor Holzinger, ’58)
and Dorothy Maloney, ’56, met with
the West Side group.
Hospitality Chairman Mrs. Roy G.
Harley (Jane Edwards, ’38) was in
charge of decorations and name tags
for both dinners.
YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngs-
town-Oberlin Club has held several
meetings in recent months. On No-
vember 2, twenty-seven members met
at the home of Grace Jones, k’30.
Mrs. Karl E. Soller ( Patricia Brady,
’45) was dinner chairman. Mrs.
Eustace Galvin was the speaker at
this meeting and brought an interest-
ing story about her experiences in the
White House. Mrs. Galvin was sec-
retary to an official in the Depart-
ment of the Interior when all plans
for remodelling the White House
On December 7, Mrs. C. B. Miller,
Jr. (Harriet E. Miller, ’29), was host-
ess to thirty members of the Club at
a Christmas party and installation of
officers. Mrs. John H. Oesch (Pri-
scilla R. McCormick, ’41) had charge
of dinner arrangements. Mrs. Wil-
liam E. Fowler (Martha Bailey, ’23)
gave a piano concert which was fol-
lowed by an informal exchange of
Then, on February 8, twenty-one
alumni and one guest were present at
the dinner meeting held at the home
of Mrs. Earl Hudson (Laura B. Ly-
man, ’26). A "Silent Auction” was
the evening’s entertainment.
New officers of the Club are:
President: Mrs. A. P. Van Iderstine
(Elizabeth Cameron, ’42); First Vice-
President: Mrs. Maurice Heeter
(Beatrice Ralston, ’29); Second Vice-
President: Mrs. Herman Cover (Eliza-
beth Grindlay, k'33); Secretary: Mrs.
Forrest Frye (Virginia L. Rhoads,
x'37); Treasurer: Mrs. Robert Gibson
(I. Marjorie West, x’23).
On March 28, the Oberlin Youngs-
town Club had a dinner meeting at
the home of Mrs. John H. Oesch (Pris-
cilla R. McCormick, ’41).
Mrs. C. Kenneth Clark (Katharine
Griswold, ’22) showed slides depicting
the color and beauty of Old Mexico.
She also gave a vivid description of
many of the places visited on her trip
Co-chairmen were Mrs. Donald
Childs (Mary Curtiss, k'23) and Mrs.
Robert E. Gibson (Marjorie West,
x'24). Others on the committee were
Mrs. Herman Cover (Elizabeth
Grindley, ’33), Mrs. George Deeter
(Florence Head, ’24), Lucile Fitch,
THE OBERLIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
’25, Grace Jones, k'30, Mrs. William
Landles (Alma Winston, ’28), Mrs.
George Pugh (Ellen Berton, k’16),
Mrs. Fred W. Rowits (Anna Mae
Reimel, x’25), Mrs. Karl E. Soller (Pa-
tricia Brady, ’54), Eleanor Stehman,
'45, Mrs. Robert Laughlin (Phyllis
Ohly, k’33) and Mrs. Maurice Heeter
(Beatrice Ralston, ’29).
Elizabeth Van Iderstine, ’42
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh-
Oberlin Club held an Open House on
Tuesday evening, January 3, at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Clark, ’39,
for the Oberlin College students com-
ing from the Pittsburgh area.
Included in the twenty-four people
present were four Oberlin students,
David Glick, ’57; Christine Paulsen,
’59; Donald Hickman, '59; and Brad-
ley Reardon, ’58.
An attractive and delicious buffet
was prepared by alumni members.
On Friday, March 18, a nine inch
snowfall, and the winter’s worst
weather struck Pittsburgh when area
alumni were scheduled to meet for
dinner at seven o’clock in Stouffer’s
Penn Avenue Restaurant.
Dr. Lawrence E. Cole, T8, chairman
of Oberlin’s department of psychology,
was grounded in New York and could
not fly to Pittsburgh as scheduled to
talk to the club on "A Look at the Li-
beral Arts College Student in an Age of
Fortunately, Dr. Leslie H. Fishel, ’43.
executive secretary of the Alumni
Association, who had also accepted an
invitation to the dinner managed
somehow to drive into the snowbound
city, and once there agreed to become
speaker of the evening. Les talked of
the Oberlin spirit, and the Oberlin
people, with their goals of learning,
then the communication of that learn-
ing in the world’s daily search for truth
Reviving fond memories of life on
the Oberlin campus for each alumnus,
he also noted the way Oberlin alumni
carry collegiate idealism to nation-wide
reality. A description of current cam-
pus activities, including the coming
Mock Convention, appealed tremend-
ously to the twelve prospective stu-
dent attending the dinner with their
parents. Ten of diem, incidentally,
were men, and four of them came from
West View High School, where Charles
Soergel, ’43, is a music teacher.
Guests numbered almost 70, despite
the storm. Presiding at a brief busi-
ness meeting, Dr. Minnie L. Lynn, ’28,
introduced board members present and
Mr. Charles H. Adams, '21, who heads
the 1956 Alumni Fund Drive. Mrs.
Robert H. MacGregor (Lilly M.
Smith), ’43, social chairman, handled
the reservations; Roy Thomas Clark,
'39, program chairman, introduced the
speaker. Other club officers are Wiley
A. Busey, Jr., ’47, vice-president; Mrs.
Peter S. Olmsted (Polly Comegys), ’45,
secretary; and Martin A. Hamburger,
’49, treasurer. New board members
are Mrs. Louis G. Royston (Martha
Maze), ’47, and William A. Rogers,
’44. Newcomers to the club in Pitts-
burgh this year are Diane Lawrence,
’54, Nancy Brown, ’51, Bardarah Mc-
Candless, ’48, James Lloyd, '51, and
John Copeland, ’48.
Rev. Owen M. Walton, T6, gave the
invocation. The meeting adjourned
after a period of questions and answers
following Dr. Fishel’s talk.
Peg Moore Schauffler, ’43
NORTHERN NEW JERSEY— Ober-
lin Alumni and friends from Northern
New Jersey met March 10 at 8 o’clock
at the West Orange Community House,
West Orange. The party was for the
benefit of the Club’s scholarship fund.
This was the Club’s first really social
evening, and everyone said they had a
wonderful time. Since most people
were lost, the party didn’t start until
around 9 o’clock.
The program featured songs by
Warren Schmolls, ’43, who made his
debut at Town Hall last fall and won
the annual award sponsored by the
Madrigal Society of New York. Slides
about Oberlin, an Alcoa movie, "Un-
finished Rainbows,” games, dancing,
and community singing with Mrs. G.
Stanley Platt ( Eleanor Adams, ’43 ) at
the piano, rounded out the evening.
The Scholarship Committee, of
which Mrs. Walter Halfman (Clarice
McDonald, ’40) is chairman, had
charge of arrangements.
Reservation Committee chairmen
were: Mrs. John M. Gardner (Ruth
Holland, ’38), Mrs. Ralph Gilbert
(Josephine Richards, ’47), Mrs. John
H. Mason ( Alice Tallmadge, ’47 ) , Mrs.
William R. Ruch (Jean Maust, ’45),
Mrs. L. A. D’Arsaro (Barbara Sachs,
’49), Mrs. James R. Youtz (Marilyn
Jenkins, ’43), Dr. Robert Kroc, ’29,
Mrs. Grant Buttermore (Gwendolyn
Freeman, ’45), Mrs. William Axtell
(Enid Harper, '41 ).
Clarice McDonald Halfman, ’40
ANN ARBOR — Nearly a dozen high
school seniors gathered at the apart-
ment of Ruth Bradford, ’55, and Shir-
ley David, ’55, in late December to
hear about the glories of the old Alma
Mater. Norm Thoms, ’55, spoke , on
athletics, Joan Steiner, ’55, talked on
student government and the counsel-
ing system. Virginia DeVyver Flet-
cher, ’53, drew on the knowledge she
gained as assistant recreation director
at Oberlin to explain the pros and cons
of Oberlin social life. Shirley and
Ruth served up conservatory informa-
tion along with the cocoa.
Originally scheduled to last an hour
and a half, the party lasted nearly four
hours under the persistent questioning
of the high school students. Frankly
an experiment, this meeting of school
students with some "younger” alumni
proved to be a very successful way of
advertising Oberlin. Perhaps it could
be tried in other graduate centers where
several young alumni are gathered.
The meeting was under the general
sponsorship of the Oberlin Alumni
Club of Ann Arbor.
Larry Bandfield, ’55
CINCINNATI — The Oberlin Cin-
cinnati Alumni Club held its annual
"get-to-gether" on March 29, for the
present alumni, students, and prospec-
tive students at the home of Mrs. Wil-
liam A. Mitchell. I am happy to re-
port that the affair was a huge suc-
For several years Mrs. Mitchell,
president of the Club, has opened her
home for this meeting, and the stu-
dents and adumni owe her a sincere
vote of thanks for making these meet-
ings such a success.
Robert O. Smith, Jr., ’38
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS —
On April 2, one hundred and ten mem-
bers and friends of .he Oberlin Club
of Western Massachusetts met for din-
ner before attending a concert by the
Oberlin College Choir.
The Choir is magnificent! Professor
Robert Fountain, -et al, are to be con-
gratulated. It was a wonderful eve-
Henry M. Passmore, ’48
DETROIT — The Detroit-O b e r 1 i n
Alumni Club met at four different
homes February 25 for a Pot Luck
Supper. Because of bad weather and
illness only 48 members were able to
enjoy the parties.
Hostesses for the evening were:
Mrs. Carl Haessler (mother of Celia
Leighton, ’56); Mrs. J. Paul Leonard,
(Dortha Salisbury, ’24); Mrs. Everett
V. Martin, (Dorothy Green, ’27);
Mrs. R. F. Laitner (Jeanne Smith,
I attended the dinner at Mrs. Haess-
ler’s home and enjoyed it very much.
I know others had equally good times.
Amy F. Webster, '16
FOR MAY 1956
Oberlin in Sports
by William I. JUDSON
W ITH ALL FIVE of Oberlin's
spring sports having veteran
squads except golf, the Yeoman ath-
letes got off to an all-winning start
on opening day.
Following the pattern of rhe past
two years, Coach Bob Kretchmar’s
baseball team opened against Capital
University. The Caps won 5-1 de-
cisions in both ’54 and ’55, but this
year the Yeomen came out on top with
a 9-4 victory.
Cliff Stevenson’s lacrosse team
played a March contest with Cortland
State when the New Yorkers made
a vacation trip into this area. After
winning that game, 12-0, they also
won their regular season opener over
Ohio State, 12-6.
The tennis team, again coached by
Lysle Bucler, had an easy time in win-
ning their first match with Akron, 8-1.
Dan Kinsey’s track team, loaded with
20 returning lettermen and several
promising freshmen, is poised for its
opening meet with Wooster, and Coach
Bob Clark’s golfers open their season
here against Akron.
D AVE HOECKER, ’56, started on
the mound for Oberlin at Capital,
but he gave way to Dale Conly, ’56, in
the 6th. Dave ran into trouble in the
5th after getting the first two men out
on a tap to second and a strikeout. A
hit batsman, a walk and two hits gave
the Caps two runs and a 3-2 lead.
Oberlin, however, bounced back with
the tying run in the 6th and sewed it
up in the 8th, when they put together
three hits, three walks and had the
benefit of four errors.
Jon Christianson, ’56, If, led the Yeo-
man attack with three hits in four
trips, and Dick Wigley, '57, rf, and Don
Webster, ’58, lb, each had two for four.
Other Yeomen who broke into the
opening game lineup were: Captain
Bill Weaver, '56, cf; Bob Ashcraft, '57,
2b; Jack Williams, '58, 3b; Edwin
Sundt, ’58, ss; and John Chivily, ’57,
and Clyde Slicker, ’58, c.
L ED BY Co-Captains Jerry Abeles,
'56, and Gary Tucker, ’56, the la-
crosse team has 13 lettermen back from
last year’s team which won four of its
first five games and then ran into
trouble in its final three games.
After their good showing in the
first two games, Stevenson had high
praise for the work of Ben Lindfors, '59,
Jerry Glasoe, ’56, and Ralph Dupee,
’57, on the attack; Chuck Suhr, ’56, Del
Mason, '56, Ron Oakley, ’56, Bruce
Marcus, ’58, Joe Montague, ’56, Dave
Hibbard, '59, and Abeles in midfield;
Tucker, Tom McDade, ’58, and Bill
Reed, ’57, on defense; and Charlie
Sheptin, ’56, and Roger Heinzen, ’57,
in the goal.
W ITH GRADUATION taking
only one of his singles players
of last year, Coach Lysle Butler’s net-
ters should have another of their
perennially strong teams.
Seven lettermen — Captain Gary
Craven, ’56, Bill Brandeis, ”57, Dave
Byrens, ’58, Jim Compere, '57, Dave
Fox, '57, Hart Hessel, '56, and Bob
Jensen, ’56, — are back and the most
promising freshmen are probably Gil-
bert Gleason, Dick Page, and Bob Ken-
nedy. The team had an 8-2 record last
spring and finished third in the Con-
ference championship tourney held be-
hind Denison and Ohio Wesleyan, the
only teams to beat them during the
ITH A LARGE core of 20 re-
turning lettermen, Coach Dan
Kinsey is facing the new track season
On the basis of last year’s perform-
ances and early season practices, his
most outstanding prospects are:
Henry Edwards, '58, Forrest Jobes,
'57, and Walton Johnson, ’59, in the
sprints; Jerry Worsham, '57, Bob
Takach, ’57, Ivar Ylvisaker, ’59, and
Aaron Lazare, ’57, in the 440; Tyler
Olsen, ’57, Dave McKnight, '58, and
Rog Livingston, ’58, in the 880; Bob
Service, ’58, and LeRoy Lamborn, ’59,
in the mile; John Miller, ’56, and
Garth McCormick, '56, in the two-
mile; Steve Wise, ’57, Chuck Robison,
'57, John Kepler, '59, Fred Gaige, ’59,
and Johnson in the hurdles; Doug
Davis, '57, Art Pascoe, '58, and Gaige
in the pole vault; Jan Jenniches, ’57,
Don Tull, ’59, and John Fisher, ’58,
in the high jump; Jenniches, Wise,
and Gaige in the broad jump; Arno
Hanel, ’56, Dick Henderson, ’57,
Fisher, Ray Carlson, '59, and Bill
Vaile, ’59, in the shot and discus.
SPRING SPORTS SCHEDULES
at Ohio Wesleyan
at Kent State
at Ohio Wesleyan
at Western Reserve
at Kent State
meet at Wooster
at Ohio State
at Case-Hiram (Aurora)
( canceled )
at Kenyon (Granville)
at Ohio Intercollegiate
at Ohio Conference
Elias Hicks, Quaker Liberal by Bliss Forbush
(13-15), has been published by Columbia Uni-
Rev. Edward French, t, is the oldest ordained
Congregational minister in the Vermont Confer-
ence. He began preaching at Guildhall. Vt., in
June, 1892, and has served nine churches. He
has arthritis in his right knee but is able to do a
little light work in his shop. He makes his
home in Johnson, Vt.
Charles H. Christian, son of Mrs. Charles
Christian (Anna Salzer), died on March 21. He
was an executive with the Tnterlake Iron Co. of
Cleveland. Since retiring from her position as
assistant principal of West High School. Cleve-
land, Mrs. Christian has been living at Orlando,
Jessie Kelly has had a year of operations since
March 1955, but reports that she is recuperating
well. She lives at 811 Holly St., Mena, Ark.
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Laird (Mary Day)
have returned to their home in Ashtabula, Ohio,
after spending the winter in Florida. They spent
half of their time in Clearwater Beach where
their daughter Helen, ’38, and Tom Harris, ’33,
live with their family. The remainder of their
time in Florida was spent in Ft. Lauderdale.
Winifred Banschbach Putnam writes from
flood damaged Yuba City, California: . . . “I
can’t explain to you how busy I have been the
past three months trying to get organized. I
really do not get enough sleep or rest. Three
‘wet’ houses to clean up and revamp have taken
all my strength and endurance. My own resi-
dence was shoved off its foundation, and only this
week was lifted and straightened around. I was
the only one to attend to all of the accompany-
ing business. Even now I should be off to buy
more paint, curtain rods, a couple of screen
doors, and the like.
“Very fortunately I was spared the terrifying
ordeal of the awful rush of water which hit my
section of town the hardest. I was off on a bus
tour to Acapulco, Mexico. I read the news of
the danger to Marysville as we were entering
Mexico City. Four of us on the bus lived in
the devastated area. But what could we do?
We continued on with the tour. . . .
“We returned to Marysville January 6, and in
the bus depot learned much of the wrecked con-
ditions of Yuba City. We did not know in
which house we would find shelter. And were
we ever happy to see the lights in the home of
Mrs. Grace Trout, my companion, the warmth
and family there.
“Many heroic stories did not reach the press,
nor stories about the lives lost when the rush
of water caught up with and drowned people in
their cars, and on the highways. How the labor
camps, the auto camps, the hospitals were evacu-
ated in time is a mystery to me ! Warning was
not given until one hour after the levee broke,
the levee being one and one-half mile south.
“My real strain and endurance test began
when the second evacuation was called. That
night, at 2 a. m., after friends had stacked fur-
niture on tables and high shelves I left with them
for relatives of theirs on higher ground. Two of
us slept on the floor the rest of the night. At 8
o’clock the next morning I was on my way to
Chico. Fortunately each car full of refugees had
friends waiting for them. When I arrived, so
unexpectedly, there were already five refugees at
this house. We were taken care of for two days
and even given clothing. The water did not come
into the city this time, but the levee was weak,
and there was great danger, as there were ‘boils’
— the water shooting up several feet high, show-
ing that there was water underneath the levee
"After this second evacuation, it kept on rain-
ing. I couldn’t get into my house. The doors
TEN THOUSAND STRONG
By DOROTHY M. SMITH, ’29
LOUISIANA LADY 7 — Camille Lucie
Nickerson, Mus.B., '16, Mus.M., ’32, is
known as the “Louisiana Lady”
when on concert tour singing Creole
folk songs, many of them her own ar-
rangements. An accomplished pian-
ist, as well as a singer, Camille is an
associate professor of music at How-
ard University. For a time after her
graduation from the Conservatory,
Camille was on the concert stage.
Later, her interest in Creole folk mu-
sic led to her receiving a Rosenwald
Fellowship for research in the field.
Last summer, following a perform-
ance at the National Negro Opera
Foundation’s Evening Under the
Stars, held in Washington, D. C., Ca-
mille left for France, where she gave
some 14 recitals before large and en-
thusiastic audiences. This Septem-
ber she starts on a concert tour that
will take her throughout the United
were jammed shut, the furniture piled up in the
front room. I had a very helpless feeling. I
finally got Red Cross help — free labor. 1 worked
with a crew of five men as they cleaned out the
house. Some of the furniture was shoved out
the front door to be carted away, some out the
back to be looked over. We worked in soft mud
that sucked at our feet. And so for the next
two weeks, when it was not raining, or the cold
north wind blowing. I plodded around in the
back yard, wondering what I could save.”
Rev. Andrew Moncol, s. celebrated in Febru-
ary the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the
Congregational Christian ministry. Most of his
ministerial service has been with Slavic immi-
grants in Minnesota and in Cleveland. Tn 1950
lie visited Czechoslovakia to find out more about
the religious conditions of the Congregational
churches there, preaching in several Protestant
churches in Prague and in Slovakia.
Dr. Ruth Parmelee is establishing her perman-
ent headquarters at 144 Hancock St., Auburn-
dale. Mass., although she expects to be out of
the States for five months, visiting Greece and
Turkey, and other Middle East areas.
Last fall Eugene C. Bird served as technical
leader for a party of Brazilian Farm organization
leaders on a study of US agriculture which cov-
ered 13 states in 9 weeks. He has been asked
to lead a group of Brazilian Extension Leaders
on a three-months study and perhaps another
group in the fall. Though technically "retired,”
he is busier than ever. Mrs. Bird has had the
misfortune to break her hip, but they hope that
she will be well enough for an Oberlin visit this
The University of Buffalo Press has recently
published a report by Dr. Edward S. Jones
"College Graduates and Their Later Success”
which is a study of men graduates of the Uni-
versity of Buffalo twenty years after graduation.
Wilbur Swan is pastor of the First Presbyter
ian Church in Superior, Neb. Two of his sons
are Oberlin graduates — Jon. ’50, is teaching in
Switzerland, and Arthur, ’46, recently returned
from a tour abroad with the Robert Shaw choral
Dr. and Mrs. Jesse F. Williams (Gertrude
Finney) spent ten days in Panama during Janu
ary. They made the trip by freighter out of
San Francisco. Their home is in Carmel, Calif.
Shirley Esther Lee’s address is now Methodist
Home for the Aged, 4353 Hamilton Ave., Cin-
cinnati 24, Ohio. A bad heart keeps her in bed.
She knows no one in Cincinnati, and she would
appreciate cards or letters from her classmates
and friends and visits from Cincinnati alumni.
Elma Pratt was in Oberlin in late March, en
route to South America to work in the field of
art. While here she gave a talk in costmue and
showed slides of Guatemala and Peru and sam-
ples of textiles.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Dana Hopkins (Flossie
Michaels, x) live in Landover Hills, Md. Mr.
Hopkins is executive secretary of the National
Association of Business Schools with headquar-
ters in Washington, D. C.
Matsuta Hara, t,m, has retired from the presi-
dency of Seinan Jo Gakiun after 33 years (in-
cluding 10 years of deanship). A new high school
building has been named in his honor, "Hara
Merle Lyon has been appointed as Referee of
the Appeals Council of the Social Security Ad-
ministration for the southeastern area of the
U. S. His headquarters are in Atlanta. Ga., and
he will have charge of all of the appeals cases for
the states of Georgia, Florida, South Carolina
and part of Tennessee. After graduating from
Chicago Law School in 1921, Mr. Lyon prac-
ticed law in Chicago until 1938, when he entered
government service as a lawyer on the staff of
the General Counsel of the Federal Trade Com-
mission in Washington. Six years later he trans-
ferred to the Civil Aeronautics Board, specializ-
ing in route hearings involving applications for
new airline routes throughout the world. From
1947-50 he served on the Vested Property Claims
Committee of the Philippine Alien Property Ad-
ministration, and for the past five years has been
Chief Trial Attorney for the Veterans Adminis-
tration, in charge of legal staff engaged in the
defense of cases before the Veterans Education
Isiah Oberholtzer, tm, writes from Piney
Woods, Miss. : “We are down in the deep South
for the winter and to assist a very worthy cause
of cementing good will among the races. We
feel the Colored folks have been neglected in
every field but the economic. . . . We will be
back in Trotwood, O.. by June.”
Henry R. McPhee, Jr., son of Dr. and Mrs.
Henry McPhee (Mary Ziegler) ’18, is engaged
to Joanne Lambert. Henry graduated from
FOR MAY 1956
1 rinceton and Harvard Law School, served in
World War II in the Navy, and is a member of
the President’s staff at the White House. Joanne
graduated from Connecticut College, studied at
the University of Geneva, Switzerland, for a
year, and is on the staff of Rep. John Robison.
Jr., of Kentucky.
Lilliam Montgomery resigned as of May 1
from her position as executive director of the
YWCA in Wilmington, Del. She has been in
YW work for the past 26 years, serving as ex-
ecutive director at Clinton Island, la., Williams-
port. Pa., and Saginaw, Mich., before coming to
Wilmington in 1948. She plans to move to Wash-
ington, D. C.
Frances Brown was married last Nov. 23 to
“a fellow teacher at Roosevelt High School, Day-
ton, O., Ralph A. Price, a University of Illinois
graduate, M.A., Columbia University, business
law and banking — also a companion golfer.”
Thomas Farquhar is president of the Gasflux
Company, a small manufacturing concern which
supplies the equipment and materials for the Gas-
flex process of brazing. The company has re-
cently moved its plant from Mansfield to Elyria,
O. Mr. Farquahr also owns Airlenco, Inc.,
which produces condensing filters to remove
water and oil from compressed air lines.
Leeds Gulick, x, is director of the field work
program of Doshisha Seminary in Kyoto, Japan.
Bruce Catton, x, his been named honorary
chancellor of Union College, Schenectady, N. Y.,
for the year 1956-57. He will deliver the prin-
cipal address at commencement exercises on
June 10 and will receive the honorary degree of
doctor of civil law. Mr. Catton is editor of
American Heritage magazine and is well known
for his books on the Civil War. His “A Stillness
at Appomattox” won the Pulitzer Prize Award.
Ray Hengst has been promoted to secretary
and general counsel of the Eaton Manufacturing
Co. of Cleveland.
MADE MANAGER— Wilbert Mon-
tie, 27, former manager of the Halle
Cedar-Center store, has been ap-
pointed manager of the new South-
land store to be built soon at West
130th Street and Pearl Road, Cleve-
land, Ohio. Wilbert started his
retailing career with Halle Bros.
Company in 1930, following his grad-
uation from Oberlin, and was mer-
chandise manager for Halle’s down-
town store from 1942 to 1952, prior
to his post at Cedar-Center.
After nine years in Youngstown, N. Y., Rev.
and Mrs. Frederic Helwig (Elmina Chatfield)
moved to Sackets Harbor, N. Y., last year. Mr.
Helwig is pastor of the United Church.
Arthur Andrews is teaching economics, sociol-
ogy and political science at Findlay College,
Findlay. O. He was formerly superintendent of
schools at Tontogany. O. Mr. and Mrs. Andrews
and their three girls live in Bowling Green, O.
Ben Goodsell, x, plays viola with the Atlanta
(Ga.) Symphony Orchestra.
Mrs. Henry Gould (Frances Wheeler) is
teaching at Tennyson School in Sheffield Lake,
O., and lives in Avon Lake.
Mr., x’23, and Mrs. Vincent Hart (Ruth
Raine) spent Christmas with their son Fred, who
is an A/2c at Travis Air Force Base in Califor-
nia. On their way, they stopped to see Mr. and
Mrs. James Spillane (Grace Arnold, ’21) in
Bend, Ore.. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Sturtevanl
(Madge Baldwin. ’23) in San Mateo, Calif., and
Mr., x 50, and Mrs. Bradford Warner (Mary
Beth Yeend, ’47) in San Francisco. They re-
turned to Seattle via the coast route, the day
after it was reopened after the floods.
Rev. Samuel R. McKinstry, tm, returned last
July to serve the Presbyterian Church at Marion,
N. Y., which was his first pastorate (1922-29).
For the past 26 years he had served the Avoca
Presbyterian and Howard Union.
‘‘New Frontiers in Rural America” (Public
Affairs Press of Washington, D. C.) by Mrs.
James Steer (Margery Wells) was published in
February. The book is an outgrowth of her ex-
periences in community improvement projects
and provides practical suggestions on improving
economic, social and cultural life in rural areas.
She edits the Beaver Township Topic, a monthly
newsletter. Living on a 75 acre farm gives her
a grassroots view of rural problems.
Mrs. Helen Stokes (Helen Hamilton) went to
Charleston, W. Va. , last September to be execu-
tive director of the YWCA. She is working with
a staff of 10, plus several hundred volunteers, to
carry out a program with more than 5000 en-
rolled. Charleston is a growing industrial city
with people from all over the country.
Mrs. Homer Coseo (Helen Lenhart, x) reports
that her husband is an engineer with the Jeffrey
Manufacturing Co. in Columbus, O.
Karl Florien Heiser writes: “At the time of
our last reunion, 1951, I was doing clinical work
and research in mental deficiency in New Jersey.
Much has happened since then, especially in
1954. Was remarried and left Vineland Training
School to set up a new treatment-training insti-
tution of my own in Kentucky. Failed to raise
enough money ; gave up and took a job with the
Psychological Corporation in New York City.
Now I have an easy and pleasant life evaluating
industrial executives and a small amount of diag-
nostic and clinical work with people with psy-
chological problems. One son is in the Marines,
the other still in college. I hope to get to Ober-
lin for reunion in June.”
LeMar Lehman has sold his duplex house and
bought a smaller house at 3718 Reed St., Fort
Wayne, Tnd. He would be glad to hear from
Oberlinians going through Fort Wayne.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry B. Price (Elizabeth
Rugh) flew to Nepal in January. Harry has
been appointed UN Economic Advisor to the
Nepal government. They are living in the midst
of the mountains and are not far from Mt. Eve-
Dr. Roberts Rugh is continuing his research
iii radiology at Columbia University Medical
Center. His wife (Harriet Sheldon Rugh, *2 7)
has charge of the nursery department of the
Town School, a private school in New York City.
Their daughter Mary Elizabeth, ’49, and her
husband Jarrard Downs, ’49, with their children,
Jennifer and Michael, have returned from a
year’s exchange teaching in Europe. Jarry is
back at Gilwan School in Baltimore, Md., where
he has taught for several years. Their son, Bill,
’58, is at Oberlin,
Mrs. Waller Blocher (Katharine Moulton, k)
is living in Canton, O. Her husband is assistant
sales manager tor Republic Steel Corp. there.
t I ? r '-, a ,1 d , Mr5 ’ Harold F ' Worley (Winona
Jack, 31) have a son, Harold, Jr., born on Aug.
11, 1955. They live in Stone Creek, O.
After five years at the Cleveland Child Guid-
ance ( enter, Jessie Bowen lias become psychiat-
ric casework supervisor at the Crile VA Hospital
After spending 1954-55 on a Ford Foundation
grant studying at the University of California,
Joseph Himes is “back at the old stand,” teach-
ing at North Carolina College.
Jessie M. Dike is director of the adult program
at the YWCA in Jersey City, N. J. She is liv-
ing at 419 W. 115 St.. New York City.
Robert Eisenhauer has been appointed to the
newly created position of director of public rela-
tions for the New York Central Railroad.
Maylon Hepp, professor of philosophy at Den-
son University, Granville, O., is author of a
textbook “ flunking Things Through” published
in March by Charles Scribner’s Sons.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bliss (Ann Cooke) have
moved to Arlington Ilts., 111., about 25 miles
from the Chicago “Loop.” Bob is with National
Carbon Company in Chicago. They have 4
daughters, Virginia Ellen, 11, Peggy, 8, Betty,
6, and Lucy 5 yrs.
Mrs. Eric Orling (Alice Eigert) writes from
90 Parkwoods Rd., Manhasset, L. I. : “We are
settling down in our new home on Long Island.
Eric was elected president of Baker Castor Oil
Company, subsidiary of National Lead, in De-
cember, and is now learning the art of commut-
ing to the fantastically big city of New York.
Our children, now 12, 8, and 7, are adjusting to
the newness of things better than their parents
are, though I am sure we shall be happy here
in beautiful Manhasset.”
On January 1, Richard Aszling became a gen-
eral partner in the firm of Earl Newsom & Co.,
public relations firm, New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Farndell (Teresa How-
land) and Carolyn (8) are in Ann Arbor, Mich.,
for the school year. Gordon is completing resi-
dence work for his Ph.D. in musicology at the
University of Michigan. He is on leave from
his teaching position at North Central College,
Mrs. Howard A. Garnett (Gretchen Nobis, x)
is teaching singing at Western Reserve Univer-
sity. Her husband is treasurer of the Dairy-Pak
Corp. of Cleveland.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Stewart Ryall (Lucy Wood-
ruff, ’37) have moved to 977 Carlisle Ave., Ham-
ilton, O. Stewart is an accountant at the Gen-
eral Electric Company plant in Evendale, O.
Laurence Perrine. associate professor of Eng-
lish at Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
Texas, is author of Sound and Sense: An Intro-
duction to Poetry published in January by Har-
court. Brace & Company. The Perrines have
two sons, David, 5, and Douglas, 4.
Tracy Strong, assistant principal of the Jnter-
tlional College of the American University of
eirut (Lebanon) writes: “We seem to have
■en travelling during 1955, or rather meeting
sending off friends at the airport or docks. . . •
-rtainly Beirut is very much fulfilling its ms-
rical role of being the transshipping point be-
:een east and west with over 80 daily landings
id takeoffs at the International Airport. . . •
s you can gather, we are not isolated, even
ougli remote from part of the world, l ou have
idoubtedly been aware of the continuing ten-
ms in tliis whole area, but unless you have
sited the people, you may find it difficult to
THE OBERLIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
ELECTED PRESIDENT — Dr. W.
Hobart Hill, ’19, professor of hu-
man relations at Missouri Valley
College and resident administrator
of the American Humanics Foun-
dation, was recently elected first
president of the newly organized
Missouri Sociological Society. His
wife is the former Neva M. John-
son, ’17. They have two children,
John H. and Carol Jeanne.
appreciate the fact that there is still war in the
Holy Land, that each day individuals are being
shot at and killed on both sides of the very in-
adequately-drawn armistice line of 1948. ... Is
it any wonder that solutions are difficult, when,
even, perhaps especially the students propose
that the only way to bring peace is through war?
. . . Our student body has not changed a great
deal, except that we are finding it increasingly
difficult to keep up with the growing demand for
education in this whole part of the world. Our
elementary school literally turns away a thous-
and students every year. . . . Our three children
came through the year in fine style — Terry, 6H,
is in first grade in an excellent French school;
Tony, 4, is attending an American-type nursery
school; Lauretta, 3, keeps busy and happy at
Mr. and Mrs. Will Heiser and family returned
to the U. S. from New Delhi, India, in Decem-
ber. After visiting relatives and friends along
the way, they arrived in Washington in mid-
January. Bill resigned from his government po-
sition and joined the firm of Justin & Courtney,
Consulting Engineers in Philadelphia. On Feb.
16 he left the States again — this time for
Lahore, Pakistan, where he is project manager
supervising the construction of two small hydro-
electric projects for the Pakistani government.
Since he expects to be there only a few months,
the family is living in Silver Spring, Md.
Henry L. Burnett is a member of the newly
created Consolidated Training Department of the
American Optical Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Gasser (Edda Penko)
have returned from Norway and are now in Las
Cruces, New Mexico. Mr. Gasser is in the wage
classification division of the White Sands Naval
Mrs. Clifford Harvout (Nellis DeLay) has
been living in Nanuet, Rockland County, New
York, for the past six years. Formerly on the
WQXR music staff, she is a cellist in the New
York City Center Ballet Orchestra and the
Chautauqua Symphony. On April 15 she ap-
peared as soloist with the Suburban Symphony,
playing the Saint Saens Concerto for Violoncello.
Mrs. James McEnery (Agnes Nordin, x) is
secretary to the purchasing agent of the Dayton
Foundry, Dayton, O.
J. Laurence Willhide has been appointed Dean
of the College-Conservatory of Music in Cin-
cinnati, O., effective September 1. He is now
assistant professor of music education at the Uni-
versity of Cincinnati and coordinator of the mu-
sic education department for the College-Con-
Mrs. Wilbur Eastman (Margaret Cheney) and
her family have moved to 223 Bear Brook Drive,
R.D. 2, Westwood, N. J. Her husband’s firm,
Prentice-Hall, Inc., is building a new building
in Englewood Cliffs, N. J.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Edgar (Mary Jane
Hoppe) are in England this year. Dr. Edgar is
an exchange professor at Homerton College,
Allen Siebens is assistant to the president of
American Machine and Foundry Co.. New York
City. Allen and his wife live in Essex Fells,
Louis J. Szabo is a sales representative for
radio station WSRS in Cleveland Heights, O.
Arnold Blackburn will be in Europe next year
on a Fulbright Fellowship. Robert Requa, '50,
is “filling in” for Arnold during 1956-57 and will
be teaching organ at the University of Kentucky
and organist at Christ Church in Lexington,
Kentucky. At the present time, Bob is Minister
of Music at the Congregational Church in Nau-
Robert Hadley, x, is a mechanical engineer
with the Diesel Motor Division of General Mot-
ors in Detroit, Mich.
Jean Antes, Dean of Women at Midland Col-
land College, Fremont, Neb., is president of the
Nebraska Personnel and Guidance Association
J. Warren Brett, x, is on the advertising sales
staff of Look Magazine.
Joy Coombs is a secretary in Denver, Colo.
Mrs. Eugene Gordon (Mary Green) writes:
“We are moving to Tachikawa Air Force Base
just outside Tokyo and shall be there until July,
1957. Gene takes the place of Jarvis Strong,
x’40, who is returning to the States.
After seven years in Japan, most recently as
consul in Sapporo, Daniel Meloy is returning to
Washington for an assignment in the Department
Sydney Merrill, x, is a partner in a general
store in Bethlehem, Conn.
After six years as pastor of the Second Con-
gregational Church in Holyoke, Mass., Rev.
Jerry W. Trexler, t, became pastor of the Con-
gregational Church of San Mateo, Calif., on
Gordon Hoddinott has been with the Dobeck-
mun Company in Cleveland for almost nine
years, and at present is supervisor, Laminated
and Extruded Products Division. He continues
his music as baritone soloist at the Church of
the Cross in Cleveland Heights. Gordon and
his wife, Mary, announce the birth of their first
child, Thomas Edwin, on Feb. 21 and write that
“Tommy has already taken over as boss of the
In April, Rev. George A. Johnson became pas-
tor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ashta-
bula. O. Formerly he was pastor of the First
Presbyterian Church in Bucyrus, O.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kearns (Loretta Mas-
ters) report the birth of Patricia Louise on
March 5 in Bozeman, Montana.
Mrs. Clifford Nordstrom (Harriet Brown)
writes: “We’re glad to be back in Ohio! Clif-
ford was transferred from his position of Chief
of Special Services, Lebanon, Pa., VA Hospital
to the same position at the Dayton VA Center
on Jan. 15. No time to notify Oberlin friends
beforehand.” Their new address — 713 Oxford
Ave., Dayton 7, O.
Mrs. Hugo Wagner (Pat Holden, x) recently
broke her leg riding horseback. Her husband is
a structural engineer with the Air Defense Com
mand at Colorado Springs. The Wagners have
three children - Ann, 1 1, Jeanne, 7, and John, 5.
Herbert G. Weinberg is a student this year at
the University of Wisconsin. He is married to
Patrick Abare, x, has been transferred from
Anglo Bank at Red Bluff, Calif., to the Crocker
Anglo National Bank at Merced, Calif.
After a year and a half as Registrar and Direc-
tor of Placement at Wilson College, Chambers-
btirg. Pa., Janet Jacobs has changed duties and
is now Dean of Freshmen and Director of
Mrs. James Mowcry (Laura Willmore) is a
social worker in New York City.
For the next three years. Virginia Pidgeon
will be serving as a nurse at the American Uni-
versity of Beirut in Lebanon.
Dr. Donald H. Shimler, stm, begins new
duties on May 1 as minister of education at the
Bronxville Reformed Church in Bronxville.
N. Y., a residential community in Westchester
County. In May, the church will break ground
for a four-story educational building, fellowship
hall, chapel, and extension to the sanctuary
chancel. Dr. Shimler, who received the doctor
of education degree from Columbia University
in 1953, has been minister of education at Trin-
ity Reformed Church in Canton, O.
John Trowbridge, x, is traffic manager for the
Kerr Steamship Co. of Seattle, Wash.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wagner (Leonore Uhl-
man) have a second son, John Christopher, born
on Feb. 9 at the Japan Baptist Plospital, Kyoto,
Japan. Leonore and the children are living in
Kyoto while her husband studies Korean lan-
guage and history and completes work on his
Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Benson (Lois Stock-
ton) of Pittsburgh, Pa., have a son, Robert
Davis, born March 4.
Dr. Ralph D. Brown, x, recently completed
Army Medical Service in Munich, Germany, and
returned to practice internal medicine in Everett,
Wash. Ralph is on the staff of the Everett
Clinic. Ralph and his wife have four children —
daughter, Noel, son, Dexter, and twins, Gretchen
and James. They live at 1112 Grand Ave.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Bullard (Frances Wet-
tach, x) have a third daughter, Kathy, born Aug.
WINS ESSAY CONTEST — Walter
B. Wright, ’36, staff assistant in the
finance department of the Chesa-
peake and Ohio Railway Company, is
winner of the first prize of $750 in
the New York Railroad Club’s 1955
essay contest. Walter’s paper was en-
titled “Suggestions for Changes in
Rates to Improve Railroad Traffic
Volume and Net Earnings, with Con-
testant’s Views on Improving the
Competitive Position of the Rail-
roads.” Walter joined the Chesapeake
and Ohio finance department in
Cleveland in 1950, after serving as
staff assistant to the president in the
New York office.
FOR MAY 1956
ELECTED TO BOARD OF DIREC-
TORS of the Metropolitan Opera
Guild, Inc. was Mrs. George Bassett
Roberts (Jerry McCord, ’28). She
will work on the opera’s educational
program for secondary schools in
During the past year she has been
working for the Opera Guild’s pro-
gram of education for students at the
secondary school level, particularly
in Larchmont and Mamaroneck.
Jerry is the wife of a vice-president
of the First National City Bank of
New York and was active for many
years in parent activities in White
Plains, serving as trustee of the en-
rollment committee and chairman of
the endowment committee.
The Robertses have five children
— Pamela, a freshman at Oberlin,
David, a sophomore at Choate Pre-
paratory, and Judith, Katherine and
Helen — all students at Windward
28, 1955. They live in Medford, Ore., where
Emmett is branch manager of Blake, Moffitt and
Towne Paper Co.
Dorothy Gray, x. is a geologic draftsman for
Anaconda Copper Co., Reno, Nev.
Mrs. Granville Hurlong (Georgette Collins, x)
is teaching at Sampson School, Detroit. Mich.
Her husband is in the Detroit traffic department.
Mr. and Mrs. Miner Long (Sybil Wheaton,
*45) have bought a house in a new subdivision
in Wichita Falls. Texas, and are “out in the
wide open spaces.” It is their first home out of
an apartment. Their daughter Susan is 8 months
Mrs. Robert Phelps (Rosemarie Beck) had a
painting reproduced in Art News in March. It
was one of the illustrations in an article on mod-
After completing one year of residency at
North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel
Hill, Dr. Charles Whitcher has gone to Duke
Hospital in Durham. N. C., for his second year
of anesthesia residency. His family now consists
of two boys and one girl.
Margaret Amberson returned to the U. S. in
late February, after spending S months in Eur-
ope, most of it with friends in Britain. She vis-
ited her sister in California during March and
reported that plans for the summer were still in-
definite, though she would eventually secure a
position in occupational therapy.
Mary Jane Corry has been studying and teach-
ing piano in the preparatory department of
Northwestern University this year. In the fall
she goes out to Walla Walla, Wash., to teach
piano at Whitman College.
Mrs. Robert Reiff (Helen Hayslctte) is a sec-
retary for a construction firm in St. Cloud, Minn.
Her husband will conduct a tour of students to
Europe this summer for Dr. Louis Lord’s
Bureau of University Travel. Bob recently won
a prize for a painting entered in the Western
New York show at the Albright Gallery in Buf-
Emmert Schaur, x, is working for the Met-
ropolitan Edison Co. in York, Pa.
Midge Sutherland is working at the Benton &
Bowles advertising agency in New York City,
and would welcome Oberlin visitors — 118 W.
Chaplain Francis Wise, t, writes: “Back from
Manila. Philippines. Returned the wrong-way’
to make round-the-world jaunt, stopping in
Germany long enough to pick up the oddity of
Chanute AFB — commonly referred to as the
‘Blue Bug’ (a three-wheeled Messersclimitt) .
Family flew home via Honolulu. We have bought
a home in Rantoul, 111., just outside the Chanute
AFB. Our choir now composes as many as
formerly attended the chapel, so work progresses
Mr. and Mrs. John Copeland (Alice Tear. ’48)
have bought a house at 1807 Vollmer Drive,
Glenshaw, Pa. “The house is in Ml. Royal Vil-
lage. a lovely residential area dating from 1940.”
This summer John will be teaching graduate
courses in the philosophy of education at the Uni-
versity of Illinois. He is assistant professor of
philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dorothy Downing is teaching French, Spanish
and English at the dependents’ high school on
Clark Air Force Base in the Philippine Island.
Since completing his Ph.D. degree in physical
chemistry at the University of Michigan in 1954,
Robert Euler has been working for the du Pont
Company. He is a research chemist at their
plant in Waynesboro, Va., working on “orlon”
research. Bob married Dorothy Benson in 1951.
They have two children, a boy 4 and a girl 1$4.
Arthur Kratzert is a civil engineer and is liv-
ing in Meriden, Conn.
Frederick R. Strasburg is assistant minister of
South Congregational Church, Springfield, Mass.
He is completing his third year at Andover New-
ton Theological Seminary.
Mrs. William Wakefield (Marilyn Snyder)
writes: “Bill's new job of tax assessor and col-
lector for the Palmer School District and city
of Palmer, Alaska, takes us to this town in the
heart of the Matanuska Valley, the agricultural
center of Alaska. Willy, 5, Cindy, 4, and Steve,
2, will be well-versed on this section of Alaska.
Are there any other Oberlinians here?”
Dr. and Mrs. Judson Albaugh (Carolyn Dar-
ling. ’51) are in Syracuse. N. Y., where Jud is
a psychiatrist at the VA Hospital and Carolyn is
busy with Nancy Jeannette, 17 months, and 1 at
ricia Jane, 5 months. They are enjoying the
art exhibits and concerts in Syracuse, and are
active in the First Baptist Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall H. Bull (Elizabeth
Carr) of Brookhaven. N. Y., announce the birth
of their second child, Jonathan Douglas, on Jan.
William P. Davis, Jr., writes: “Barbara and
I are enjoying Dartmouth very much. We re
living about 9 miles out in the country in a beau-
tiful house at Etna, N. H. Glynis and Jennifer
(born Oct. 6) are enjoying it too.”
Mrs. John Jolley, Jr. (Shirley Kjeldsen)
writes: “We have been in Washington since
September, while John has been in a training pro-
gram in the Department of the Interior. We are
going back to Fort Hall Reservation (in Idaho)
on April 20 and hope it will be a long time before
we leave the west,' the mountains and our dog .
George Richard Ross is tabulating manager of
Argus Camera, Inc., in Ann Arbor. Mich.
George and his wife have a family of five clul-
Don Campbell, line coach at Fatrvtew High
School (O.) last season, has been promoted to
After completing their first term as mission-
aries under the Methodist Church in India, Rev.,
l and Mrs. Maran Garrison have spent this
year on furlough, studying at the University of
Toledo. Maran will receive his M.A. degree in
sociology in June. During his first term in
India, he was superintendent of the Puntamba
District of the Bombay Conference; on his re-
turn to India in May, he will become superinten-
dent of the Poona District.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hodgkinson (Esther
Kissane) have purchased a home at 1535 Win-
chester St., Lyndhurst. O. Bob is teaching mu-
sic in the South Euclid- Lyndhurst public schools.
Eugene Jones, x. is teaching at the Washing-
ton State College of Education in Ellensburg,
Rev. Tunnie Martin, Jr., t, is a missionary
with the Methodist Church, serving in Lodhipur.
Shakjahanpur, U.P., India.
Mr. and Mrs. Kent Miller (Joanne Tucker,
m’50) live in Slingerlands, N. Y.. a suburb of
Albany. Kent is a scientist with the New York
State Health Department.
Eva Sandis is a sociologist at the Human Re-
sources Research Office. George Washington
University, Washington, D. C.
Rev. and Mrs. David Stambaugh (Harriet
Heywood) have a second daughter, Ann Brady,
born on March 12. Susan is two years old and
“pleased as wc with the new sister.” Dave is
at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Conner (Kathryn
Wahlgren. ’48) and their two boys moved from
Connersville to Kokomo, Tnd.. in February. Ted
is a salesman for Socony Mobil Oil Co. While
they were in Connersville. Kay was director of
music for their church and had a number of pri-
vate pupils. Ted was active in Rotary, and they
both were in a vocal ensemble group in Rich-
mond. They hope to see Oberlin friends passing
through Kokomo — 605 Holly Lane.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Duggan (Jean Mit-
chell) announce the birth of Mary Martha on
March 22. Their son, David, is now 3 years
old. Dick is attending the U.S. Naval Post-
graduate School in Monterey, Calif., taking a
three-year course in electronics engineering.
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gehring (Betty Burns)
announce the birth of Thomas Carl on March 10
in Davidson. N. C. Their daughter. Kristin,
will be four next July.
Margaret Temple and Duncan Goldthwaite
were married in Trinity Protestant Episcopal
Church. Hattiesburg, Miss., on Feb. 4.
Harold Hempling, m. is teaching and doing
some research in the department of physiology
at the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine. He lives at 944 Rocklvn Rd.. Spring-
Richard Hill, whose stage name is Richard
Bacon, has the title role in The Changeling at
the Shakespeare Theater Workshop. New York
City. , »
He plavs under the name Bacon because Ac
tor's Equity already lias a Richard Hill regis-
Dick recently returned from Cuidad Turjilin,
Dominican Republic where he was singing in a
sextet at the World’s Fair.
Richard Hungerford, x, graduated from Hiram
College in 1950 and served in the<3 » al Air
Force. This year he is studying at Kent State
University. The Hungerfords have two children,
Amy. 2'A. and Paul, 1 yr.
Bruce Kinsey and Barbara Jane Probst were
married at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church,
Cleveland. O., in March.
Mr and Mrs. Richard Unde (Janet Huntley)
have a second daughter. Peg, horn on Ma^t
After a summer visit to her home in Ann Arbor,
Mich they will return to Japan for work asedu-
";tal missionaries under the Method,,. Boa
of Missions. During their W l> v » 75 ™
Japan, they will study Japanese in Tok o an
then will he in Osaka where Dick will teach
English at a Japanese university.
Mrs. John Mong (Mary Mahood) has joined
age " Eo^erly she was an editor with Mae-
millan’s subsidiary rights department.
Donald Morrall. x. is a salesman m Dallas
Texas, for Lifetime Foam Products Co.
,, - T A ott Tr. (Patricia Speelman.
*)‘ is leaching in the Green Bay, Wis„ School for
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the Deaf. Her husband is a Methodist minister
in Green Bay.
Report from the Morton Polsters (Jean
Parkes, x’52) : "We just graduated from law
school at the U. of Michigan, had a new baby
girl. Janet Elisabeth in January, and moved to
Rochester. N. Y\, where Buck is associated with
a law firm doing mostly trial work. We like
the city, the work, and most of all, being out of
John Cawelti received his M.A. degree from
the State University of Iowa in February and
is continuing study there for his Ph.D. degree
Howard Clarke. Jr., x, is assistant manager
of the C Lazy U Ranch at Granby, Colo.
Marlene Brey of Cuyahoga Falls, O., and
James M. Denny will be married in June. Mar-
lene graduated from Smith College and is em-
ployed at the research laboratory of the Standard
Oil Company in Cleveland. Jim is a graduate
student in psychology at Western Reserve Uni-
versity and is also working at Crile VA Hospital.
The engagement of Margaret Dolliver to Alan
S. Goodyear was announced in March. Alan is
a graduate of Auckland University College (New
Zealand) and the University of Minnesota, and
Margaret is a student at the University of Min-
nesota. Alan began a new job as a civil engineer
in British Columbia in April. A June wedding
Sam Feinstein is completing his fifth year of
teaching strings and orchestra in the public
schools in Cheyenne, Wyo. He expects to go
to Israel next fall.
Harold C. Fritts received the Ph.D. degree
from Ohio State University in March.
JOINS STAFF AT DRAKE — Ellen
(Nellie) Stuart, ’51, has joined the
faculty at Drake University, Des
Moines, Iowa, as associate professor
of singing. A soprano, who studied
under Miss Marian Sims at Oberlin,
Ellen won high praise from the music
critics for her performance last De-
cember in singing the soprano role in
the Messiah, with a chorus of five
hundred at the KRNT Theatre Audi-
torium in Des Moines. The presenta-
tion is an annual event at Drake.
Recently she sang Virgil Thompson’s
Stabat Mater for soprano and string
quartet at a regional convention of
MTNA. The Drake faculty string
quartet played. She is soloist at Grace
Methodist Church in Des Moines and
has made a number of TV appear-
ances in the area.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Johnson (Virginia
Talbot) announce the birth of Garth Talbot on
March 9. They live at 1506 Olive St., Coatcs-
Sylvan ("Tommy") Joseph, Jr., spent the past
year in Europe on an architectural fellowship.
He is now working for Abraham W. Geller, well
known contemporary architect, in New York
City. "Should any of my friends come to New
York, I will be very glad to swap tales with
them at 417 Park Avenue.”
After full time study in English literature at
Brown University during 1954-55. David McKay
is now an instructor and continuing graduate
study on a part-time basis.
Salvatore Martirano has won a Rome Prize
Fellowship for 1956-57 for study at the Ameri-
can Academy in Rome, Italy. He will study
Dr. Alden R. Parker is interning at University
Hospital, Ann Arbor Mich., and will start a
three-year dermatology residency there in July.
Ilis wife, Mary Abrams of Buffalo, N. Y., is a
senior in the School of Education of the Univer-
sity of Michigan. They have a son Matthew
Adams. 14 months old.
Bruce Swinehart has completed his Ph.D. de
gree in chemistry at Purdue University and is a
chemist at Mallinckrodt Chemical Works in St.
Louis. He is living at 1518 Swallow Drive,
On Feb. 1, Rev. Rexford Tucker became pas
tor of the newly federated Schaghticoke (N. Y.)
Federated Church, in which Methodist and Pres-
byterian churches have joined forces.
Noel Adams completed his Navy service in
April and has a job with the Alcoa Steamship
Company. He will be working in their New
Orleans, La., office.
James Beck spent last year studying painting
in Italy. He is now leaching school in New
Y'ork City, but will return to Italy this summer
to be married.
Cecilia Bradbeer and Dr. Maarten Smit Sib-
inga of New Y r ork were married in the Presby-
terian Church in Swarthmore, Pa., on March 17.
Maarten graduated from Leiden University Med-
ical School and is on the staff of the pediatrics
department of New Y^ork University-Bellevue
Robert Buechner, Jr., is in the advertising de-
partment of the Cleveland office of Crowell-Col-
lier Publishing Co.
Pvt. Cornelius "Mickey” Cochrane is sta-
tioned at Fort Sam Houston. Texas, and is as-
signed to work in Special Services. He is en-
gaged to Patricia Ketcham of White Plains,
N. Y., a junior at Goucher College. Wedding
plans are indefinite, depending on his Army as-
Warren Dusenbury, x, graduated from Yale
University and is completing his M.B.A. degree
at Harvard Graduate School of Business Ad-
ministration this spring. lie was recently named
as one of the 1956 Baker Scholars, the highest
scholastic honor given to students, bestowed each
year on the top five per cent of the second year
Ralph Edson, Jr., is a production trainee at
the Ansonia (Conn.) plant of the American
"You Can Own 8 Airplanes” by Fritz Harsh-
barger in the April 1 issue of the American
Weekly describes the flying club the "Sky Roarn-
ers” of Burbank, Calif., and their experiences in
"pooling” flying time and planes and "flying
around the country because it’s the cheapest, fast-
est and safest way to travel.”
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kelly (Carol Nuelsen)
have moved to San Marino, Calif. Bob is a
junior executive in a veterinary pharmaceutical
firm and Carol is working as a bookkeeper in
Robert McKay finished his Ph.D. in organic
chemistry at the University of Wisconsin in
March and has begun work at the Polychemicals
Department of the du Pont Company. His wife
(Ginnic Long. ’51) "retired” from her secretar-
ial job in Madison, Wis., in early February —
their “first clan member” Lynn Ann arrived on
Feb. 29. They are getting settled in an apart-
ment at 36A Court Drive, Lancaster Court
Apartments, Wilmington, Del., and hope to see
Oberlin faces soon. . . .
A picture of Mrs. Bruce Pennybacker (Dolly
Kang, x) and her daughter, Mindy, appeared in
the Feb. 6 issue of Life Magazine illustrating an
article on "Celebrating the Birthday of a Four-
Year-Old.” Mindy is the youngest pupil at the
Gesell Institute, child development school at
Y r ale University. Her father, x'51, is a student
at Y'ale Law School.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Thomas Priestley (Marilyn
Seagrave, x) are in Los Angeles, Calif. Tom is
an aeronautical engineer at Douglas Aircraft
Corp., and Marilyn is studying part-time at Uni-
versity of Southern California.
Susan Randolph and Harold Boverman were
married on Feb. 10 in Phoenix. Ariz. Hal grad-
uated from the University of California at Berke-
ley and is a fourth year medical student at the
University of Chicago. After her graduation,
Susan taught a year in Phoenix, Ariz., studied
in Germany a year, and taught first grade and
played in the Symphony in Birmingham, Ala.
This year she is teaching third grade at the Uni-
versity of Chicago Laboratory School. After
Hal’s internship next year in Madison, Wis., he
will probably go into pediatrics. Sue and Hal
will welcome Oberlin visitors at 5220 Kenwood
Pvt. James Vermilya writes: "In the fall of
1954, I received a master’s degree in botany at
the University of Minnesota. Then Uncle Sam
drafted me into the Army and at present T am a
lab technician in a dispensary at the Rocky Ml.
Arsenal near Denver.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Ware (Laura Gala-
tha) announce the "launching” of Leslie Wrenn
Ware on Feb. 22 at Women’s Hospital, Cleve-
After completing Military Service last Decem-
ber, Frank Blume headed for Boston. Pie is a
Technical Research Assistant at M. I. T. work-
ing on an experimental project under the direc-
tion of Herbert Jenkins, ’48, who is teaching
Psychology at M. I. T.
Mr. and Mrs. James Bryan (Mary Driscoll, x)
are in Norfolk, Va. Jim is employed in the In-
land Waterways Division of Esso Standard Oil
Co. They have two children.
An August wedding is planned by Jane Ster-
rett and Sam "Lee” Caldwell. Jane, a graduate
of Clarion (Pa.) State Teachers College, is teach-
ing in Shaker Heights. O. Sam is a junior in
the School of Dentistry at Western Reserve Uni-
After his release from the Army last fall.
Roger Hahn enrolled at Ohio State University
as a graduate assistant in chemistry.
James Lancashire has been transferred from
George Air Force Base to McClellan Air Force
Base. It’s a move from the desert area to civili-
zation, as McClellan is near Sacramento, Cali-
Chaplain Sterling L. Long, t, writes: "Arrived
at Fort Huachuca. Ariz., in January after 16
months of duty in the Far East. It was a rich
experience and many insights were gained from
how people live in that part of the world. Dur-
ing the months in Korea was the greatest lesson
I have had in appreciation for the U. S. and its
ways of life.”
Marcia Mattson and Robert T. Curran plan to
be married in May. Marcia has been secretary
in the Office of the National Committee for an
Effective Congress in Washington. Bob gradu-
ated from Haverford College in 1953 and took
his Master’s in history at Columbia University.
He is working for the U. S. Information Service,
and he and Marcia will be going to West Berlin
in late May.
Report from Lt. (j.g.) and Mrs. John L.
Nicholson, Jr. (Evelyn Sadona, x) from Jack
sonville, Fla. : "We are property owners now -
bought a lovely house with a huge yard. The
twins, Jenny and Jackie, and Paula arc fine.
John is in Cuba for gunnery practice and about
the end of July will leave for the Mediterranean.”
Steve Nordlinger is on the staff of the Sunday
News of Ridgewood, N. J.
A/2c Gus Potter has been transferred to Shep-
pard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.
Dorothy Prince is in charge of the audio-visual
center at the Agricultural and Technical College
of North Carolina. The school has an enrollment
of 2500. "The Center is in the embryonic stage,
but I have dreams and plans. There is never a
dull moment as I am technician, consultant, pro-
FOR MAY 1956
ANCHORS AWEIGH — Three recent draftees meet at the United States Navy
boot camp at Bainbridge, Md. They are (left to right): George Kaufman ’54
John Van Steenwyk, ’53, and Kyle Jones, x’55. At the time the photo was taken]
George was about to leave for duty at Little Creek, Va., John was assigned to
the supply department of a submarine tender, (the USS Orion which is docked
more or less permanently in Norfolk), and Kyle was scheduled to report to the
USS New Jersey battleship.
jectionist, teacher and secretary. In addition to
my center duties I have a part-time teaching
The engagement of Natalie Rojansky to
Brooks Tillotson was announced in March. Nat-
alie is studying music composition at Columbia
and Brooks is studying French horn at Juilliard
School of Music. A spring wedding is planned.
Since July, 1955. Felicia Spira has been in Is-
rael. She is working as a research psychologist
in testing for the Israeli Civil Service Commis-
sion in Jerusalem, but plans to return to the
States in July and to resume her graduate study
in the fall.
After completing military service last Decem-
ber, Alan Wadsworth worked temporarily for the
A & P Tea Company for retailing experience
and for a market research firm on surveys. In
April he joined the training program of Leo Bur-
nett, Inc., the largest advertising agency in Chi-
Pvt. Thomas E. Warner is with the 24th Di-
vision Band in the Far East.
Pvt. Allen L. Beatty and Margaret E. Coon
planned to be married April 6, but we have no
details as yet. Allen is stationed at Fort Knox,
Pfc. Frank Connor writes: ‘'I’ve been sta-
tioned with an army unit at the Keflanik base in
Iceland for almost 8 months now, but will be
returning to the States for discharge about the
middle of July. I’m the communications chief
in an infantry unit at present. I don’t recom-
mend Iceland as the ideal vacation spot for any-
one! My wife, Dorothy Crawford, ’55, is wait-
ing for me in New Hampshire.”
Mr., m. and Mrs. William Garee (Betty Boyd,
’48) announce the birth of James Frederick on
Feb. 24 in Fostoria, O.
Pvt. Charles Howard Goodrich writes: ‘‘I’ve
endured a chilly winter in Friedberg, Germany,
and am looking forward to summer. Thus far
I 've visited Paris, a most impressive city, and
Borchtesgaden down in the beautiful Bavarian
Alps. I shall return to the Slates late in the
summer to be released from the service and then
soon thereafter marriage to Leslyn Michels, ’55,
and then graduate study in preparation for a
teaching career. If any Oberlinians arc in Fried-
berg or Frankfurt this summer, I’d be more than
happy to see them.”
Hope Griswold and Daniel Murrow will be
married in June. Hope is completing her mas-
ter’s degree at the New York School of Social
Work this spring and Dan is a graduate student
in sociology at New York University.
Charles Habernigg is working in urban rede-
velopment and slum clearance projects in New
Mary Kaserman is an occupational therapy
student at Columbia University.
Sp./3 Charles William Keighin has been trans-
ferred from El Paso, Texas to Fort Sill, Okla.
He is with the H & S Btry., 246th FA MS/Bn.
Lt. Beryl Warden, Jr., x, is an Air Force
pilot, stationed at the Greenville (Miss.) Air
Lt. and Mrs. James E. Watkins, Jr. (Carol
Wightman) have been transferred from Texas to
Westover Air Force Base, Mass. Jim is a navi-
gator with the 380th Air Refueling Squadron.
Lt. and Mrs. Alan Whitfield (Dianne Morgan,
x) are in Dayton, O. Alan is stationed at Wright
Patterson Air Force Base and Dianne is work-
ing as a secretary.
Larry Bandfield reports that after one semester
in Michigan Law School, he decided that law
was not for him, and transferred to the School
of Education, where he is completing certificate
requirements for teaching social studies in high
Olivia C. Scheuer of New York City and W.
Wayne Battelle, Jr., x, were married at her home
on Feb. 26. They are living in Williamstown,
Frances Cressey and Bradbury Seasholes an-
nounced their engagement on March 29. They
plan to be married in Syracuse, New York, on
Aug. 31 and invite all friends there to attend.
Brad is a grad student at the University of North
Carolina and expects to finish his Master’s de-
gree next February. Franny is a social worker
in Boston and will plan to work in the Chapel
Hill area next year.
The engagement of Jimmie Sue Evans and
David Daniels was announced in March. Sue is
teaching at home in Steubenville, O., this year,
and Dave is a graduate student in musicology at
Mrs. B. Frank Foster (Sara Pennegar, x) is
a secretary at the Presbyterian Board of Chris-
tian Education in Philadelphia.
Henry Jadow is one of the 25 first-year stu-
dents at Yale Law School appointed to the edi-
torial board of the Yale Law Journal, a monthly
review published by Law School students.
Sarah Kagy and Donald Diller were married
at the First Presbyterian Church in East St.
Louis, III., on March 3. Don spent four years
with the Navy in the Pacific and is now a senior
in education at the University of Illinois.
Louis Malucci reported for Air Force duty in
Texas in March, lie drove from Rochester, New
York, stopping to see a number of Oberlin
friends on the way. John Palmer and Jim Kin-
caid are also stationed at Lackland.
Katherine Matthews and George Shambaugh,
3rd, '54, announced their engagement in March.
They are both in New York this year, Kather-
ine studying physical therapy at Columbia Uni-
versity and George a second year student at
Cornell Medical School.
The engagement ot Elma Matthias to Carl
Tyler, Jr., has been announced. A June wedding
Anita Schneer, x, professionally known as An-
ita Sheer, is with Carlos Montoya, Flamenco
guitarist, as guitarist and vocalist. They ap-
peared in a Flamenco Concert at the Brooklyn
Academy of Music on March 31.
Michael Siegel has been appointed assistant
instructor in psychology at Douglass College,
New Brunswick, N. J., and is also continuing
his graduate study at Rutgers University.
So Well Remembered
(Continued from page 19)
more hospitals, more knowledge, and
more facilities, the Oberlin hospital
has steadily gone upwards to greater
and finer services, — so that its distinc-
tiveness of superiority continues? Or
did we, as it was easy for us easy-going
ones of 40 years ago, simply think that
our hospital would just go on being a
pretty good hospital for a town of our
size, and never give a thought to the
wonderful day when a whole health
center might be developed around it
that would amaze the founders of this
TN 1916, WILDER HALL, then the
L Men's Building, gave the college a
definite distinctiveness, at least among
Ohio colleges, as an early experiment
in student men’s unions. I think it so
typical of the course of our growth here
that we remained content and incurious
as to what imaginations and generosi-
ties had produced it; and once again
with the personal privilege I humbly
thank Mr. Wilder, now that 1 know
at last who it was that afforded me
social and recreational delights for my
college hours which were beyond any
of my previous experiences. But there
will be other Mr. Wilders; and if the
graciousness and comforts of Oberlin
College today seem awesome and im-
pressive to us old timers, let us all try
to shake off our diffidence and our
modesty and our humility long enough
to dream of the days when no colleges
in the world will be more beautiful,
lovely, or attractive than this very same
old Oberlin of ours, with which we
have lived so closely as not to have al-
ways noticed her vigorous appeal and
her swift risings to the acceptance and
admiration of the good people every-
where. . . .
I know you have discerned whatever
of moral I have put into these wander-
ing words. It is that our College is a
very great and singular college; that it
will increase in its attraction to the
people everywhere who will nourish
and expand and beautify it; and drat
its inseverable twin, the community
of Oberlin, needs only to realize its
own strength and talents to grow to
be the most shining college-town com-
munity in all this wide republic.
THE OBERLIN ALUMNI MAGAZINE
LOSSES IN THE OBERLIN FAMILY
EMERY — Mrs. Rufus Franklin Emery (Alice
Jones) died Sunday, April 8, in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, at the home of her son, Rufus IT.
Emery, ’23, and her daughter-in-law, the former
E. Louise Hyde, ’23. This was her twelfth trip
to Buenos Aires. She was 87 years old.
Born in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, June 24,
1868, she spent her early life in Pittsburgh. After
graduating from Oberlin in 1891 with an L.B.
degree, Alice worked for three years with re-
tarded children in Columbus, then, in 1894, mar-
ried a former high school classmate, Rufus F.
Emery. They made their home in Pittsburgh,
where Mr. Emery was associated with the West-
inghouse Air Brake Company and was secretary-
treasurer at the time of his death in 1918.
Both Alice and her husband were active mem-
bers of the Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh,
until the time of his death. Her interest in the
life of the Church never flagged. She played an
active part in the work of the Young Women’s
Christian Association and in the American As-
sociation of University Women. She represented
these organizations in several of their interna-
tional conventions in Hawaii and Poland. She
was one of the founders and a past president of
the Edgewood Woman’s Club and was active in
the affairs of the College Club of Pittsburgh.
One of Oberlin’s most active anl loyal alumni,
Alice was Class Secretary continuously since her
graduation in 1891. Her lively interest in edu-
cational affairs, in her classmates, and in young
people, kept her young and active. Her gener-
ous gifts helped many a struggling student
Besides her son Rufus. ’23, of Buenos Aires,
she is survived by her daughter Mrs. Margaret
Allen, k’18, of Oberlin and three grandchildren:
Mrs. Marjorie M. Groom, x’42, of Washington,
D. C. ; Mrs. C. M. Carrick (Marian Allen, x'54)
of Fairview Park. Ohio; and William R. Emery,
’52, of Mexico City.
DAYKIN — Annette Daykin died February 5
at her borne in Cleveland, Ohio. She was 85
Born in Cleveland, May 28, 1870, she attended
Oberlin College from 1889 to 1891. Annette was
the last member of her immediate family.
Throughout her lifetime Annette belonged to the
Pilgrim Congregational Church of Cleveland, and
was a former member of the Women’s City Club.
Several nephews survive her.
JOHNSON — Mrs. William Edward Johnson
(Emma Eugenia Hart) died December 13, 1955,
at Mesilla Park, New Mexico, of a heart attack
following nine years of being bedridden with
partial paralysis. She was 83 years old.
Born in Lysander, New York, May 6, 1872,
she graduated from Oberlin in 1896. For the
next three years she taught in Calhoun, Alabama,
and from 1899 to 1907 she taught school in Hon-
olulu. Hawaii. It was there that she met Wil-
liam Edward Johnson, a mining contractor. They
were married in New Mexico in 1907, and during
the following few years Mr. Johnson’s profession
took them to many parts of the United States
and Mexico. He died in 1953.
From 1926 to 1937 Emma’s career included
7th and 8th grade teaching in New Mexico and
working in Indian Schools at Ysleta Pueblo near
Albuquerque and at Window Rock, Arizona.
Her survivors include a brother, H. H. Hart
of Jensen Beach, Florida; two daughters, Mrs.
Barbara Johnson Winger, x’32, of Grand Junc-
tion. Colorado and Mrs. M. T. Everhart of Me-
silla Park and Hachita, New Mexico; and a son,
W. H. Johnson of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
SLAYTON — Mrs. William Taft Slayton (Har-
riet Edna Chamberlain) died in Des Moines.
Iowa, on December 4, 1955.
Born in Dubuque, Iowa, in the early 1870’s,
she taught Latin and history for twelve years in
high schools in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois and
Wisconsin, following her graduation from Ober-
lin in 1896.
From 1912 to 1926 Harriet was superintendent
of the Rutledge Home for the Aged in Chippewa
halls, Wisconsin. She married William Taft
Slavton, a physician in 1926. Mr. Slayton died
SCHRADER — Harriet Newell Schrader, re-
tired Chicago teacher, died in Clifton, Illinois,
on February 28 at the age of 84.
Born in Chehanse, Illinois, October 14, 1871,
Harriet received her A.B. from Oberlin in 1898.
For the next 38 years she devoted herself to
teaching in Chicago elementary schools. Upon
retirement in 1936, she took up residence with
her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. J.
Heller of Clifton, Illinois. With, the death of
her brother, Charles Joseph Schrader, x’94, in
1947 and his wife in 1948, Harriet wrote that
"their five children have made our home in Clif-
ton their home whenever they come to Clifton.”
As she lived quite close to Chicago, Harriet
was able happily to keep in touch with many
of the friends she had made during the course of
her professional life. In Clifton she welcomed
visits from Oberlin alumni and busied herself
with church activities, home duties, and the Fed-
erated Women’s Club.
WILSON — Mrs. John M. Wilson (Laura
Edith Laughead) died in Hermosa Beach, Cali-
fornia, September 20, 1955, at the age of 76.
Born in Washington, Iowa, May 15, 1879,
Edith entered Oberlin Academy in 1897 and
graduated from the Oberlin Kindergarten Train-
ing School in 1903. Following graduation she
was appointed Kindergarten Director of San
Diego Schools, San Diego, California.
Edith married Dr. John Miller Wilson in 1906,
and they had three children. For many years
they made their home in Pasadena, California,
where Dr. Wilson was a practicing cardiologist.
He died in February of this year.
Edith’s hobbies included travelling and writ-
ing. Good Morning, Mexico and A Candle for
Pepito are two of her delightful books for chil-
HUNT — Mabel Frances Hunt died June 11.
1955, at her home in Joliet, Illinois. She was
69 years old.
Born in Orange. Connecticut, December 11,
1885, Mabel’s mother, Alice Maud Beecher
Hunt, attended Oberlin College from 1877 to
1878 and from 1883 to 1884, and her grandfather,
Ward Isaac Hunt, held an Oberlin A.B. 1847.
Seminary 1850, and A.M. 1859. Mabel received
her A.B. from Oberlin in 1908 where as an un-
dergraduate she had been a member of the Aelio-
ian society. For the next twelve years she taught
in high schools in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and
Blue Island. Illinois. In 1920 she joined the
faculty of Joliet High School, teaching English
and journalism there for thirty years.
Keenly interested in her profession, Mabel, did
graduate study at the University of Wisconsin
and the University of Chicago for a number of
Survivors include her mother; a sister, Mrs.
Wilford Evans, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and a
brother, Elgin F. Hunt, Chicago, Illinois.
CHRISTIANSEN Fredrik Melius Christian-
sen, founder and director of the internationally
famous St. Olaf Lutheran Choir, died June 1.
1955, at Northfield, Minnesota. He was 84 years
Born in Eidsvold, Norway, April 1. 1871, he
came to America in 1888 and six years later
graduated from the Northwestern Conservatory
of Music. Oberlin College awarded him the
honorary degree of Mus.D. in 1928.
He married Edith Signora Lindem in 1897
while he was studying at the Royal Conservatory
of Music in Leipzig, Germany. They had three
sons and a daughter. From 1903 until his re-
tirement in 1940 he was director of the School of
Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Author, composer of church music, his unique
arrangement of Beautiful Savior has become a
world wide favorite with choral groups. In the
last concert by the Oberlin Symphony Band one
of the numbers played was his First Norwegian
Rhapsody. His international reputation was rec-
ognized by his being made the recipient of the
Knight of the Order of St. Olaf, Class 1, con-
ferred by the King of Norway.
His survivors include his sons Jake, athletic
director at Concordia College, Moorehead, Min-
nesota; Olaf, director of music at St. Olaf; and
Paul, choir director at Concordia College; and
his daughter Elsa.
DECKER — Winifred Eva Decker, librarian at
Lorain Public Library, died April 3 at the East-
haven Nursing Home, Elyria, Ohio, where she
had been a patient for several months. Her death
occurred three days before her fiftieth birthday.
Born April 6. 1906, in Elyria, she received her
A.B. degree from Oberlin in 1928. After two
years of library work with children in Lorain,
she entered the Library School of the University
of Wisconsin and received her diploma in 1931.
Until 1937 she worked as catalogcr at the Lorain
Public Library, leaving to accept a position with
the Kenton Public Library, Kenton, Ohio. Wini-
fred returned to Lorain Public Library in 1948,
resuming her work as cataloger until she became
ill towards the end of last year.
Winifred was a member of the First Metho-
dist Church of Elyria and active in the Carlisle
and Pomona Granges.
She is survived by her father, Fred A. Decker.
OLMSTEAD — - Mrs. John Griffith Olmslead
(Louise Hutchinson), widow of John G. Olm-
stead, former Alumni Secretary of Oberlin Col-
lege. died at her home in Cincinnati, Ohio, April
12. She was 73 years old.
Born in Elmira, New York, August 2, 1882.
Louise received her A.B. from Ohio State Uni-
versity in 1923, and her A.M. from Oberlin
College in 1931. For six years prior to her mar-
riage to John G. Olmstead. ’06, in 1909. she
taught in Canton, Ohio, and Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania. Mr. Olmstead died in February of
From 1932 to 1939 Louise was Co-director of
the Olmstead Travel Camp for Girls. The
camp’s program was to start out from Oberlin
College each summer and visit various types of
colleges, camping whenever possible on the col-
lege green itself. The unique purpose of the
camp was to give the girls opportunity to see
many kinds of institutions so that they, when the
time came, could make intelligent choices as to
which college and what courses best served their
Louise had been at one time Recording Sec-
retary of the Oberlin Woman’s Club. Both she
and her husband were devoted alumni and visited
the Oberlin campus for Homecoming this past
She is survived by two sons. Allen of Tucson.
Arizona, and John G.. Jr., x’32, of Spokane,
BARR — - Mrs. Richard IT. Barr. Jr. (Doris
Jane Hall) died January 29, in Lancaster, Penn-
sylvania, of an illness from which she had suf-
fered for five years. Her age was 32.
Born in Lancaster. April 27, 1923, Doris was
an active undergraduate at Oberlin. enthusiasti-
cally participating in WAA and Musical Union.
After receiving her A.B. degree in 1945, she
took a job with the Armstrong Cork Company
of Lancaster as a chemist in their research lab-
oratories. In addition to this. Doris taught in
the field of social work at the Grace Lutheran
Church in 1945 and 1946. In 1947 she married
Richard PI. Barr who was associated with a
large hardware concern in Lancaster. They had
A member of the Junior League of Lancaster
and the Bethany Presbyterian Church, Doris had
also served as corresponding secretary for two
years in the Lancaster College Club.
Survivors include her mother. Mrs. Helen E.
Zook Hall of Lancaster; her husband; two chil-
dren. Carol Dorothy and Bruce Frederick; a
brother, Ray B. Hall, Jr. of Jeanette, Pennsyl-
vania; and her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna
F. Zook of Lancaster.
FOR may 1956
There Is Still Time!
We Must Continue To Depend On YOUR Concern
To Make the 1956 Alumni Fund
SERVICE . . .
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